If you’re on Facebook or Pinterest (and really, who isn’t on at least one of them at this point), then I’m pretty sure you’ve seen a recipe for no-bake energy balls or energy bites. I’ve played around with a few of them and come up with my own version, which I like to call Power Balls. Catchy, right? I know, I’m a genius.
I already make a killer chewy breakfast bar, but these little babies are quicker, so there’s a bonus right there. And, like most recipes, this one is easy to customize to whatever your tastes are. Of course, if eggs for breakfast are more your style, I also make one heck of a veggie and egg casserole. Just sayin’.
Power Balls Recipe (aka: Energy Bites)
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup hemp seed
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (raw or toasted – I’ve used both…it’s your call)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1/2 cup good-quality dark chocolate, chopped into bits
- 1 generous cup nut butter, preferably organic
Combine all ingredients well in a large bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Roll into ball size of your choice and refrigerate. (feel free to roll it into one big ball, if you like. I’ve not tried this yet but it could be fun)
When mixing, I use the back of a large silicon spoon to smash everything together; toss and then repeat…it’s easier than stirring because the mix is quite thick. Once they’re well chilled, I like to roll mine into small, one-bite chunks, so this recipe makes a good 40 or so balls.
Benefits? Oats are well known for their benefits, including dietary fiber and helping to lower cholesterol levels. Hemp seeds are a good source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. They are also a good source of protein and fiber. Chia seeds are also high in protein, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, plus they’re a good source of calcium. See why I call these Power Balls?
I always encourage you to play with your food and this recipe is no exception. Switch out the sunflower seeds with the nut of your choice (chopped almonds, cashews or hazelnuts are great, too). Or, lose the nuts and use dried berries, instead.
As far as nut butters, so far I’ve made these with almond butter, sunflower seed butter, and peanut butter and they’re all tasty in their own way. You really just have to go with what you (or your family) prefer.