Happy Monday everyone–I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
This is officially my last week of vacation before I head back to school next week, so with the Barre3 Challenge in full swing, I’m thinking ahead to ways to start the semester strong and continue the healthy eating and whole foods cooking I’ve focused on for the past few weeks.
Meals–breakfast, lunch, dinner–are usually the easiest for me to eat healthily but snacking can be a whole different ball game. One of the simplest ways to keep me on track is to have a mason jar full of nuts/dried fruit near by, but sometimes, I just want something a little different.
That’s where these DIY nut butter energy balls come in! I’ve seen so many recipe variations of these over the past year but really, all you need to know is the process and some of the healthy options to add in order to create your own.
Here’s what you need:
- Nut Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Oats (I like the 7-grain variety, just make sure they are whole and not processed)
- Sweetener like honey or maple syrup
- Ground flaxseed or chia seed
- Shredded coconut
- Cacao nibs, dark chocolate chips, or raisins
- This chocolate coconut peanut butter is such a tasty addition!
- Ground nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans
- Grated carrots
- Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc
- Dates — you can use these instead of oats for a more Lara Bar like texture
- Cacao powder
Here’s what you do:
- Start by combining everything but the honey or maple syrup in a large mixing bowl.
- Alternatively, you can use a food processor to grind the ingredients up more if you’d rather.
- Slowly mix in just enough sweetener until things start to stick together. The nut butter should be helping with this as well so you can add more of that to reach the desired consistency.
- If the balls still aren’t sticking together–they should hold together if you press them firmly with your hands–add a tiny bit of water to help them hold.
- Roll each ball and place on a parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let harden for a few hours.
- Keep the nut butter balls in the fridge or freezer for easy snacking!
And that’s it! I try to make a large batch of these and keep some in the freezer and some in the fridge for easy snacking.
What are your go-to snacks?
Print the directions here.