For a while, any time I would look through Pinterest for recipe ideas, I would see “energy ball” recipes. I was always intrigued by the idea, but almost all of them used peanut butter as one of their many ingredients. For those who don’t know, I can’t stand peanut butter. Just the smell makes me nauseous.
So, I set out to try to find a recipe that didn’t include peanut butter. Finally, I came across one with almond butter. I don’t really care for almonds (or any nuts for that matter) but I don’t hate them like I do peanuts.
I bought a jar of almond butter just for this recipe, and it worked wonderfully. After thinking more about it, I realized I could probably replace the peanut butter with almond butter in almost any of the other recipes I had found.
After making these, though, we are pretty happy with the recipe. There’s just the right amount of sugar in them to give that boost, but also plenty of protein to help it last throughout the afternoon.
We like to make these in a large batch and keep them in the freezer. They taste much better cold, in my opinion, and when they get warm they start to lose their shape. We just take however many we want at the time out of the freezer to thaw for a few minutes before eating. Trust me, they are too solid to eat immediately out of the freezer.
One year, for our annual beach vacation, I put all of the ingredients in a large container and brought it with us. Then, on the first day, I mixed it all together, formed the balls, and put them in the freezer. They were a perfect snack when we were worn out from the pool and beach, and cold for the hot summer days in South Florida.
Step by Step
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. It can be hard to mix at times, so I suggest using a wooden spoon since it won’t bend like metal or plastic can.
Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Scoop out teaspoon-sized portions and roll into a ball. I find a cookie scoop works really well for this. Place them on the baking sheet without letting them touch.
Freeze the energy balls until they are set. Once completely frozen, transfer them to a freezer container and keep frozen.
Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for a few minutes before eating.
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Oatmeal Energy Balls
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- In large bowl, mix all ingredients together
- Roll out teaspoon sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper
- Freeze until set, about one hour
- Transfer to ziplock bag and keep frozen
- Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for a few minutes before eating