Quick Energy Balls

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

30 Days of Pinterest – Day 4

 

The Pin!

Kitchen pins are my favourite kind, because it means that I get to EAT something when I’m done! The only trouble with this, is that before I know it, I’ve eaten a week’s worth of cookies, brownies or other guilty pleasure treats! These energy balls first caught my eye because of how easy they looked to make and the fact that they are good for you! They turned out to be incredibly delicious (bonus) and super quick to make (double bonus).

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The Project Process:

Here are the ingredients for the original pin on Key Ingredient:

  • 1 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Coconut
  • 1/2 Flax Seed
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/3 Chocolate Chips

Personally, I have a very low tolerance for coconut, and decided to omit this from the recipe. To keep the the wet-to-dry ratio the same, I added a bit of extra oatmeal (and a few extra chocolate chips) to make up for the omitted ingredient. After everything was said and done though, I realize I should have added even more dry ingredients. I’m a huge fan of Omega Crunch Roasted Maple Flax Seed though, so I used this instead of regular flax seed for a bit of extra flavour.

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After mixing all of the ingredients together thoroughly, place the bowl in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes.  This lets the peanut butter stiffen back up, so that they will hold their shape when you’re forming them. I actually forgot about them (opps) so anytime between 30 minutes and 2 hours is just fine for refrigeration time.

Grab a spoon and shape the mixture into balls… and you’re done!

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These store well in airtight containers in the refrigerator or the freezer. I’ve put mine in the freezer because I actually made a double batch, and really like the thought of having something quick and healthy to grab as I’m running out the door. Frozen energy balls stay held together longer during long days at work, as they start to get soft and messy as they approach room temperature.

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Overall, these things are great! I love how they can be totally customizable, and you could literally add whatever you’d like to the mixture. I’m thinking sunflower seeds, hemp hearts or chia seeds would make a great addition to my next batch as a way to sneak in a few extra nutrients. On a side note, do not attempt to make these without a rubber spatula – honey and peanut butter makes for a sticky situation!



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