If you haven’t caught on already, I like simple. And these protein balls are as simple as it gets!
This is a fast treat/pick-me-up for anyone on-the-go, with a busy schedule, with kids…they’re a quick,
healthy grab that you won’t feel guilty about feeding to your kids (or yourself).
So check out the steps below (if you can throw things in a mixer and read, this is the recipe for you! haha)
These energy bites can be totally customized to you and your family’s tastes. Just some of the fun things you can mix in:
- chocolate chips
- sunflower seeds (try chocolate covered)
- crushed toffee
- puffed rice/rice krispies (love the crunch)
- chia seeds (these are optional but you’ll see them included in mine)
- white chocolate
Really anything you want to mix in – it’s your energy bite! We tend to stay away from really sugary ingredients because it just zaps all the energy these are supposed to provide!
Once I’ve mixed everything together, it’s important to remember to put the mixture in the fridge or freezer for a bit – this is going to help your mixture firm up enough to make the balls.
SHOP MY KITCHEN
I use this marble tray or a steel cookie sheet because they get super cold and hold the cold well.
The last thing you want are these not holding their shape and running everywhere!
When you’re done, stick them in the fridge and let them chill for at least an hour before eating.
You can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or store them in your freezer for a month.
And that’s it! I’d love to hear about any changes you make to the recipe – we love to switch ours up and try new things!
Tell me in the comments below!
PROTEIN BALLS - ENERGY BITESPrint Recipe
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used gluten-free old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes (most of the time I don’t toast mine and I can’t tell a difference)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls. ** I ALWAYS double this recipe. My kids love these so much.
**This recipe is highly customizable! Sometimes I’ll throw in some protein powder, sometimes we do mini m&m’s…if ya like fruit you can even throw in some dried fruit! 🙂