I work with a lady that loves to flex her snack making muscles but never eats any herself. Instead of making her family obese, she decides to bring her creations to work and pawn them off on us. Unfortunately for me, the fridge is right next to my desk so I get the pleasure of indulging at any and all points throughout the day.
When she said she was bringing in energy balls, I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about. Even after I ate a couple (or half dozen) I still had no clue what was in them… she said they were healthy… I didn’t believe her.
So, I did some research and came across some recipes that seemed to contain similar ingredients to what I was eating. I decided to give this recipe a try, courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com.
This is one of those recipes where it’s more about what you have in your cabinets than what you have to go buy. As long as you have some oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey the rest is easily replaceable. I opted for swapping in crunchy peanut butter, a hefty amount of granola, some coconut shreds, and flax seed.
Once you’re done “measuring” everything, you’re just left with the daunting task of getting that peanut butter and honey mixed in with all of those dry goods. Feel free to add some more peanut butter if you’re not getting the consistency you’re looking for.
Once it’s all mixed, toss it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. At that point you’re free to roll it up into balls, bites, bars, or whatever shape you so desire. The one inch balls are an easily manageable size and perfect for random snacking throughout the day… although that may not be the smartest option for the waistline.
I’ve been told that some people toss in some protein powder to give it that extra kick of “energy”… not a bad idea if you’re like me and incapable of filling your protein quota for the day.
Little balls of pure energy, aka peanut butter, oatmeal, granola, chocolate, and whatever else you find in your cabinet.
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then roll into balls/bites/bars, pack em up tight and keep the refrigerated until you decide to snack.