These little energy-packed balls of joy are full of protein and fiber, perfect for a midday snack or pre-workout fuel up, and super easy to make. No oven necessary. You might even have all the ingredients in your cupboard already.
I typically eat one or two of these before an early morning workout, when I don’t want to fill up on a meal but obviously need something in me to get through my cardio and strength. I also love to have these on hand as a snack to tide me over between meals. Pack two of them with your lunch and store them in the fridge at work for a midday pick-me-up. I promise it’ll get ya going again.
Another very important reason why I love these: I’m a peanut butter fiend and they taste like no bake cookies. Need I say more?
There are many variations of power balls out there, but this one is my go-to:
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Power Balls
Recipe yields approximately 15 1” power balls
1 cup dry oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
1/2 cup peanut butter- try to choose a natural peanut butter low in sodium
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Use hands to form into 1-inch balls. Store in fridge for ~2 hours. Enjoy!
Play around with the recipe and sub chocolate chips for raisins, nix the chocolate chips completely, or add in 2/3 cup shredded coconut. Keep in mind that the calorie/protein/fiber counts will change.
Oh, and try not to eat them all in one sitting 😉