Okay, so let’s be clear. These are not low calorie. The whole purpose of energy balls is to provide some carbs, protein, fat and calories to ensure you have adequate energy to mentally and physically perform the tasks ahead of you. We like them before “active” adventures. They are small, do not require refrigeration, easy to make and don’t fill you up so you feel yukky. There are lots of energy ball with oatmeal and peanut butter on the web and pinterest. Find one or two you like and think about them when you need have this type of snack on hand.
Ingredients: Makes 12 Balls
1 c Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 c ground Flaxseeds
1T Chia Seeds
1/2 c Natural Peanut Butter (or any nut butter)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl or food processor and mix thoroughly. Roll dough into balls and refrigerate until firm and maintain their shape.
Nutritional Info (1 ball): Calories: 185, Carbohydrate: 16gm, Protein: 6gm, Fat:12 gm , Sodium: 35mg, Fiber: 6gm.
A majority of the calories are in the flax seeds and peanutbutter. There are benefits to flax seeds but if you want to reduce the calories in these balls, the easiest way to do so is to decrease the flax seeds by 1/4c and increase the oatmeal by the same amount. My girls prefer fewer flax seeds and like a few dark chocolate chips thrown in (of course).
These are a great option for between soccer games at a tournament or swim events at a long meet. The kids are always hungry and asking for candy. This may fill their sweet tooth, provide some healthy energy without the sugar drop that follows they empty sugar high.
Let me know what you think!