Updated: Oct 28, 2022
These easy to make energy balls pack a big punch and are full of protein, low in sugar, and
high in fiber. They will help curb your post meal sugar cravings, while also allowing yourself to feel like you are indulging in a treat. My kids love them after school, and I also eat them as a post workout snack.
Chia seeds are one of my favorite anti-inflammatory add ins that I recommend, and I put them into everything! Muffins, pancakes, smoothies, oatmeal, etc. They are high in omega 3's/fiber/protein, and promote heart health and digestion. This recent NY Times article also highlights the benefits.
Flax seeds are one of the oldest crops in our country, and some nutritionists call it the most powerful food on the planet. They are high in protein/fiber, and also contain antioxidants. Research indicates that flax may reduce risks of certain cancers as well as heart and lung disease.
Store them both in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh and prevent oxidation.
No Bake Energy Snack Balls
1⁄2 c creamy peanut butter (I use Justins or the Costco brand as they are lower in sugar)
1⁄3 c honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c old fashioned oats (raw)
2⁄3 c toasted, unsweetened shredded coconut
1⁄2 c ground golden flax seed meal (you can find this at Trader Joe's) 2-3 pinches of chia seeds
6 tbsp mini choc chips
In a mixing bowl stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Add remaining ingredients and stir evenly until coated.
Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until mixture has firmed up a bit, about 30
Remove from the refrigerator and shape into 1 inch balls.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.