Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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

Better yet, 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 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. My son likes the plain sunbutter best.

Nutrition

 

 

 

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

Credit

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

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