Have you tried protein balls or energy bites as some people call them? If you have not tried them, I plan to come to your house and deliver a box. These darn things looked unappetizing to me for the longest time and one day my yoga teacher was saying her children found a recipe and made it and between the three of them they could not stop eating them. She was just raving about how good they were and she was telling us she tacked a little extra cardio onto her routine that day to compensate for how many she actually did eat.
There are tons of variations on this recipe that you can make- the most common is just with chocolate chips. I decided to create a little spin on mine by using white chocolate and dried cherry. You can absolutely substitute any toppings you like- toasted coconut, nuts, dried cranberry, chopped apples… These are incredibly versatile.
I love to grab one of these before a workout or after a workout. They are surprisingly filling and hit the sweet tooth without being a total disaster for your diet. I do suggest being careful though- these are so good you could easily eat the entire tray 😉 (or at least I could and apparently my yoga teacher.)
If you have kiddos these are a fantastic snack idea. My girls have snack recess at school and always complain it takes too long to eat snack and they don’t have time to play. My solution is to pop these in lunchboxes and the kids can basically finish it in seconds, feel full and have the energy to zip off to the monkey bars.
So here is the basic recipe I use. Please note you may want to add some variations on this recipe according to your own personal taste.
- 1½ cups oatmeal (I use old fashioned oats)
- ½ cup peanut butter or other nut butter (I like crunchy but creamy works fine)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Ground Flax/ Whey Protein Powder or Chia seeds (optional)
- Add all ingredients into a bowl.
- Stir well to incorporate.
- Pop into the fridge for a few hours to harden to mixture up a bit. (I try to let it chill overnight)
- Remove from fridge and using a spoon, drop a small scoop of the mixture into your hand and roll into a ball. If they feel too sticky, add a bit more oatmeal.
- Keep chilled in the fridge for as long as they last (for us about 3 days) in an airtight container.
It really is that easy. If I make these for me and the hubs I usually add whey powder. For the kids I might add flax seed just depending on what I have on hand. You can add anywhere from 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup just depending on your personal preference.
Also I have only tried this recipe with an all natural peanut butter. I think any nut butter would work fine but you may need to adjust the amount of honey depending on the thickness of the nut butter. Almond butter for example would probably require a bit more honey as it isn’t as creamy as peanut butter.
And now it is time to enjoy your hard work!
If you decide to try these, please come back and let me know what you think. I’d also love to hear any variations that you use in the recipe.
One last tiny note- a really good white chocolate makes a world of difference. I love Guittard Choc-Au-Lait or Ghirardelli brand but a good white chocolate bar chopped up would also be a great option. When I buy store brand white chocolate chips I am always disappointed.
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