This contributor post was written by Amanda Toman.
For my first food post I wanted to share a recipe that is first and foremost: DELISH! Second, the recipe reaps the benefits of being healthy – no butter, no vegetable oil, protein and fiber packed, and full of goodies like complex carbs, chia and flax seeds. Third, the ingredients are easy to find. (Don’t you hate when you find the perfect recipe and then realize that there is at least one ingredient on the list that requires you to trek across town? Yes? Ok, good, me too.) And”¦ last but not least, the recipe is EASY to make. I’m not even kidding here, you don’t even have to turn the oven on. In fact, you’ll have these whipped up before your oven even has time to preheat.
Meet your new favorite go to snack – Organic No Bake Energy Balls! These little guys can keep for up to a week in the fridge and are great for a quick breakfast on the go, snacking and even dessert! In addition to making these guys for your own indulgences, you can also make them for meetings (believe me, your coworkers and clients will thank you at that 3pm meeting where everyone is dragging. Think: HUGE kudos!) , birthday parties (much better for you than cake and brownies!), cookouts, tailgating, camping trips, road trips, baby showers, lunch boxes (adults and children) and more! This recipe is slightly modified from Smashed Peas & Carrots.
- 1 cup dry organic oatmeal
- 1/2 cup of organic peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of organic ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup of organic chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup organic honey
- 1 tbsp organic chia seeds
- 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
Grab a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients together (there really is no special marching order here) and then mix all the ingredients together. Once all the ingredients are well mixed (they should be sticking together), place the bowl in the fridge and refrigerate for about 20 – 30 minutes. Refrigerating the mixture will make it easier for you to roll the balls – the ingredients will not stick to your hands. Once chilled, roll the balls in between your palms to make about 1″ balls (you can experiment here, the size is completely up to you!). Depending on the size you roll, this recipe will yield about 20 – 25 balls.
I whipped up a batch of these energy balls for the last P & S meeting and they were a hit! Brittni texted me the next day that she was still dreaming of them. 🙂 They are really THAT GOOD. Enjoy!
Styling & photography by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch