Chocolate Peanut Butter balls, image from Fit Foodie Finds

These chocolate peanut butter energy balls are one of my family’s favourite portable snacks. They are sweet enough to feel like a treat, but pack a solid nutritional punch.

These balls are about as easy as it gets to pull together. Five simple ingredients. One bowl. No baking. Wham, bam, thank you Mama!

Why spend $3 per ball when you can make a batch for less than this in 15 minutes? 

Ingredients

Makes 10-12 balls

  • 2/3 cup, peanut butter (no sugar, no salt)
  • 1/4 cup, maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp, cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp, vanilla extract
  • 1 cup, rolled or quick oats

Instructions

  • Scoop the peanut butter in a medium bowl. Be sure to get some of the oil as you do! Lick the spoon 🙂 
  • Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla, then mix well.
  • Add the oats. Mix well again, until everything holds together.
  • Scoop 1-2 generous tablespoons per ball. Massage into a ball, then place into a storage container.
  • Store in fridge (1 week) or freezer.

Variations

  • Add a touch of salt for extra pizazz
  • For a smoother texture, blend the oats first.
  • Nutrition boosts: For more omega-3 fatty acids, add 1/4 cup of crushed walnuts or substitute 1/3 cup of oats with hemp hearts
  • Nut alternatives: Any nut butter (almond, cashew) or seed butter (sunflower, pumpkin) will work; though a hint more sweetness might be in order

Nutrition

Nutritional data should only be viewed as rough estimates. % Daily Values vary with age, weight, and other factors.

Credit

Photo and recipe (adapted) from Fit Foodie Finds. Our supernanny, Paula, and I teamed up to tweak it for our family. 

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