My no bake oatmeal chocolate chip energy balls are perfect for those moments when you are craving something sweet and are trying to stay within healthier parameters. Warning though .. it’s tough to stop at one! As an added bonus, these are tasty enough that even the kids will enjoy them. After trying several “glow” or “energy ball” recipes I decided to make mine with a few of my favorite ingredients (of course chocolate is included;) Most of the recipes I tried were either too dry or not sweet enough. If I am going to share a recipe with you it has to be taste tested and even the fussiest eater will like them.
How to make Chocolate Chip Energy Balls: What you’ll need
Peanut butter: I used creamy peanut butter but you can use whatever nut butter you’d like.
Honey: If you’d like to cut back on the honey, add a little less.
Dark chocolate chips: Mini dark chocolate chips would be perfect for this recipe. I didn’t have them so I used regular size dark chocolate chips. For my dark chocolate I use 70% chocolate.
Hemp Seeds: High in fiber and excellent source of iron, magnesium, and zinc, and protein.
Chia powder: My favorite brand is Navitas. Use chia powder rather than seeds. Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids that help to keep our HDL or “heart healthy” cholesterol, higher to help protect us from heart attack and stroke.
Ground flax seeds: I use Spectrum cold milled organic ground Flaxseed. Flax has a nutty taste and is loaded with fiber and rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Why I like no bake oatmeal chocolate chip energy balls
These energy balls are packed full of healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbohydrates to help you recover from a workout and perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon to help get you through the midday slump.
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- 2/3 cup oatmeal
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup ground chia seeds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more if you'd like)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- sprinkling of course sea salt
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add vanilla, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Scoop out by the spoonful and make a ball.
- Freeze or refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Enjoy as a snack or dessert!
These are adult and kid friendly. They are delicious and not full of sugar so I'd say they are a reasonable treat!