If you haven’t already noticed… I have a major sweet tooth. Any time of the day I would choose chocolate over chips or ice cream over pizza. I’m not too sure why but I really enjoy that satisfying feeling of a sugary taste on my tongue. With that being said, I need to be healthier. I always am scrolling through Pinterest on the hunt for Vegan, Gluten Free, and Low Sugar Desserts. Sometimes those work, but other times they ruin the flavor and texture.
One day, I found a recipe for energy balls, that really intrigued me. I was so excited because they had chocolate chips in them but not refined sugar, flour, or dairy. SCORE! These little bites are full of protein and nutrients. They are great for breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack, or before/after a workout. They are the perfect serving size, but you might need to have two if you are like me!
The best part is the recipe can be substituted and changed depending on what you have on hand and on your liking.
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 2/3 cup Shredded Toasted Unsweetened Coconut
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
- Lay shredded coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment
- Bake for 5 minutes or until lightly golden
- Mix together rolled oats, coconut, peanut butter, chocolate chips, honey, chia seeds, and vanilla extract in a bowl with a wooden spoon
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for half an hour
- After it is chilled, use a cookie scoop to gather around a tbsp of mixture together, roll into a ball, and place in a container
- Keep in refrigerator for up to a week
- Makes about 20 balls
This recipe can be very altered to one’s liking! For example, you can add flax seeds or take out the coconut. You can substitute the peanut butter for almond butter or any nut butter of your choosing. You can make these with or without the chocolate. You could even use different types of chocolate like chunks, dark, white, or anything you like. This recipe is extremely flexible. Just make sure the concisely is a good balance of dry and sticky.
I love these balls because they are sweet enough for a delicious treat or snack. They hold up very well if packed in a lunch for work or school.