Peanut Butter Energy Balls
These are super quick and easy to make and are a big hit with kids! This is a “one-bowl recipe” which makes it simple, just throw everything in, mix, roll and done. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and with the added nuts and fun crunchy coating, these are perfect on the go. We like to make these for healthy snacking during the week but also take them with us when we hike, hunt, camp, or on long trips.
I love the combo that I have here as the cocoa powder helps tone down the peanut butter so it doesn’t over power the nuts and oats. The maple syrup gives them just enough sweetness that it really
feels like you are eating a candy ball but yet there is enough texture and packed protein and grains that leaves you feeling satisfied after only one or two of these which is helpful when you are trying to be good. You can make these energy balls and store them for up to a week in the refrigerator in a container. The other nice thing about this simple recipe is that you can change it up a bit depending upon your own tastes. I’ve used chunky peanut butter for extra crunch, mixed up the seeds/nuts based on what I have in my pantry and have also used different oils, though I feel that the coconut oil is the healthiest and works the best.
Have fun playing around with this recipe and if you do have kids around, this is a perfect no-bake snack for them to help with. My nieces love these and they are a great “treat” that is really a healthy snack!
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup quick oats
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons (melted) coconut oil
1/4 cup dry cereal (we like using Honey Bunches of Oats)
In a medium bowl, combine everything together except for the cereal. Mix well.
In a shallow dish, crush the dry cereal. Roll the mixture into small, 1-inch balls (makes about 12-15) and then roll each in the dry cereal.
Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to a week.