Energy balls have become a classic. They’re so easy to make and yet so delicious. They’re the perfect balance between sweet and salty which makes them really easy to eat – and they’ve got so many healthy ingredients that you can snack guilt-free.
I make these oatmeal balls before every hike I go on. Depending on the length of the hike, I often find myself getting hungry on the way to the top. Not wanting to stop for too long, I grab an energy ball out of my pack and continue on while munching. One or two of these can sustain me for quite a while!
These oatmeal balls aren’t just for hiking, though. I make up a small batch at the beginning of the week and bring a few to work each day. They’re a perfect 10:30am pick-me-up and they also go great with coffee. I was recently talking to a close friend of mine about these and she informed me that her ultrarunner boyfriend brings something similar to eat while running his ultramarathons.
Oatmeal Energy Balls
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
- Stir well, making sure to mix the dry ingredients with the wet until the peanut butter and honey coat the oats.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Roll the mixture into little balls using your (clean) hands.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. They also keep well at room temperature.
Yields: 18-20 oatmeal balls
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