Oatmeal Chocolate Energy Balls

October 6, 2017

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Balls Recipe

If you like chocolate and peanut butter, prepare for totally epic. Somehow these bad boys manage to taste like candy, while still providing a powerful punch of amazing nutrition. On all accounts these energy balls are a healthier option than your average cookie, while still tasting like one. I'm actually obsessed. (And you will be too.)

 

I really love these because not only do they make a wonderful dessert, but they're the PERFECT pre- and post- exercise snack. To be honest I’m also not a big breakfast person, so I love having something like this around that I can nibble on in the morning that provides some protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Give it a go, send some pictures, and let me know what you think! 

 

Yield: 22

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Fast, easy, healthy, no bake!

 

Estimated nutrition information per ball

(Values will vary slightly depending on which brand/products you use, whether you use chia seeds or flaxseeds, etc., but it’s not enough to matter)

 

 Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups thick, dry oats

  • ¾ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (can be omitted if you're not a chocolate fan)

  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed, whole chia seeds, or a mix (*if you’re dairy free, I would recommend using chia because they are high in calcium)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Optional: Dash of salt (Don’t go overboard but this doesn’t need to be precise; roughly 1/8 teaspoon)

 

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

  2. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter.

  3. Place onto cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Freeze for 1 hour until set.

  5. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week and enjoy!

 

Notes

  • If you’re gluten free (like me), make sure to use certified gluten free oats. I use Bob’s Red Mill extra thick rolled oats.

  • If you want the recipe to be vegan, make sure to use vegan chocolate chips. Enjoy Life is my go to because they are also soy-free.

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