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No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

This recipe for no bake peanut butter energy balls is the best of both worlds - easy to make, loaded with nutrients, healthy (ish) and delicious. Perfect for a post workout snack or beating the afternoon slump.

Is the February Funk a thing? Because I have to say, I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. I always get this way this time of year. That general feeling of blah-ness, mucking about, trying to figure out which way is up.

Maybe it’s the never-ending cold (although Colorado cold is not nearly as bad as the drizzly Illinois cold we used to live in).  Or, it could be those early dark nights – watching the hasty sun go down far too quickly, six o’clock feeling like ten. 

But, the dark afternoons will soon be coming to an end. The days are slowly getting longer, daylight savings is on the horizon, and I’m slowly digging my way out of my funk.  One thing that’s helping? These no bake peanut butter energy balls. 

These puppies are the perfect treat when I need a snack and a little extra oomph in my step. They’re (mostly) healthy, give me a great boost after a workout or when I need that 3 PM pick me up, and don’t leave me feeling too guilty afterward. 

Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe

These peanut butter energy balls are deceptively easy to make – you don’t even have to turn on your oven!  They come together quickly and use mostly pantry staples.  Don’t like flax seed or chia seeds? No problem – just omit them. But if you don’t mind them, leave them in as they add extra nutrition and help to keep you feeling full a bit longer.  And, if these are too sweet for you, just nix the honey. These are totally customizable.

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

So here’s how to make them. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Pop the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes to make it easier to handle. Then just roll into smallish-balls and store in the fridge until you want one. So good! 

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

These lasted about 2 days at our house and I’m already ready to make a second batch.  You may want to do yourself a favor and double the recipe. Just sayin.

 Here’s to the end of the February Funk!

(PS – These also go great with vanilla ice cream. Or so I’ve heard….)

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe


No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Ingredients 

  • 2 Cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 Cup coconut flakes
  • 1 ½ Cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 Cup flax seed
  • 1/8 Cup chia seeds
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 Cup chopped dates
  • 1 Teaspoon salt

 

Directions 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

  2. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. This will make the mixture easier to handle.

  3. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter.

  4. Store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, if they last that long.

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