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No Bake Energy Balls With Options

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Protein balls, Energy balls, Bliss Balls, Power Balls or Bites. No matter what you call them… this plant-based treat is so good and much better for you than candy or junk food when you want something sweet.

Leading an active life – one with a lot of DIY decorating – painting, ladder climbing, moving furniture, etc. involved, requires a lot of energy. That’s especially true when I hop from one project to the next during what I fondly refer to as my decorating marathons.

I am in one of these marathons right now – working on many big and small projects for my house that I will post about as I finish each one.

Since I began eating a plant-based diet a year ago, (will be posting about this next week) I have tested and tried quite a lot of recipes and food combinations to find ingredients and flavorings for meals as well as snacks that taste good to me. I now know what I like and don’t like which makes it easy to stick to eating plant based.

I shared my main plant-based sweet treat with you a few weeks ago – Sweet & Crisp Cookies. When I am craving something with chocolate, I reach for a No Bake Energy Ball. I make a batch every few weeks and freeze them so I always have one when needed.

Two rows of healthy no bake energy  balls on white plate.

I first had one of these scrumptious balls filled with energy at a coffeeshop in Charlottesville, Va called Mudhouse. They call them Power Balls.

Whenever we visit our daughters that live there, I always make a trip to Mudhouse to get some to take home.

There are no cafes or coffeehouses where I live that make them so I had to figure out a way to make them myself.

Protein no bake energy balls on a white tray. French coffee press in the background.

I went online and did a search for recipes and have been testing them out. I found a winner, but tweak it from time to time depending on what ingredients I have on hand. As I learned, you can make Energy Balls with many different ingredients.

no bake protein ball cut in half on white plate.

What I found I liked best is using mix of regular old-fashioned rolled oats and crispier Sprouted Oats by One Degree. For the sweetener, I like using date paste instead of honey.

Here is the recipe with the many ingredient options you can try, but don’t be limited by them, add whatever you like to them to create what tastes best to you.

No Bake Energy Balls With Options

Protein balls, Energy balls, Bliss Balls, Power Balls or Bites. No matter what you call them… this plant-based treat is so good and much better for you than candy or junk food. To make them vegan – make sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips and pure maple syrup instead of honey.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Plant Based, Whole Food
Keyword: energy bites, healthy dessert, no bake, plant based, power balls, protein balls
Servings: 12
Calories: 159kcal
Cost: $8

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • measuring cups & spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter – I like Santa Cruz dark roasted
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips – any kind you prefer
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Stir everything together until combined. Use your hands to really mix well.
  • Cover the mixing bowl – I use a plate and place in the refrigerator for an hour or until the mixture can be formed into balls without falling apart.
  • Scoop out enough mixture from the bowl to roll out 1-inch balls.
  • To store: Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to a week or store in freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

What makes these energy balls so good is that you can switch out ingredients to come up with new flavors for every batch you make. 
Here are a few optional ingredients you can use:
Choose One Base:  1 cup. Instead of old-fashioned oatmeal, try sprouted rolled oats, finely chopped nuts or seeds like walnuts, almonds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds. 
Choose One Sweetener:  1/2 cup. Instead of honey, try date paste, maple syrup, or agave syrup.
Choose One Chocolate: 1/2 cup. Use dairy free chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, sugar-free chocolate chips, or cacao nibs. 
Choose One Fruit – 2/3 cup. Instead of coconut, try raisins, cranberries or chopped apricots, dates or figs.
Choose One Nut Butter: 1/2 cup. Almond butter, tahini, sunflower seed butter, walnut butter or cashew butter.
Choose One Flavoring:  1 tsp. Instead of vanilla, try cinnamon, peppermint, ground coffee, sea salt or citrus zest.
(Optional) Choose One Coating:  Once balls are formed, roll in finely chopped nuts, chia seeds, sesame seeds or cocoa powder.

To Make Date Paste:  Place 2 cups pitted dates in a bowl and pour 3/4 cup of boiling water over them so that they are submerged in water. Cover bowl and let soak for at least 3 hours or longer.  Once softened, transfer dates and the water to a food processor and blend until smooth. 
Transfer the paste to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to 5 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 32mg

I don’t eat these every day, but as a special treat in the afternoon when I can take a break from work and relax with a cup of tea or coffee.

They are my little nuggets of indulgence. :-)

Rows of oatmeal chocolate chip energy balls on a plate. Text overlay says healthy energy ball recipe.

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