So folks, to kick things off I am sharing my favourite recipe for energy balls. They are insanely quick and easy to make, and absolutely delicious. They also serve as a major butt-saver in times when you need to run out the door in five minutes or get an unexpected moment of extreme hanger (Hunger + Anger = Hanger).
I like to make my balls quite a bit bigger than most of the ones I’ve seen out there. I found whenever I made them smaller, I would just end up eating two or three at once, which seemed rather silly. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t say I feel satisfied after eating a snack that I can pop into my mouth in one go. Thus: BIG BOY BITES!
Another reason I like big balls (pun intended, always), is that when paired with a piece of fruit, they make a wicked breakfast on-the-go. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to head out somewhere early, or made last-minute plans, and these bad boys have come to the rescue in a big way.
The main reason I love these sweet spheres so much, is that they’re gooey and peanut buttery, and chalk full of protein and healthy fats to help sustain your energy throughout the day.
In case you didn’t know, the process of chewing sends signals to the brain that are converted into feelings of satiety. There are a lot of other energy ball recipes out there that are more of a cookie dough consistency, and you don’t really have to chew them. I think this is the reason why I can toss back a dozen at once and still want more. After the time it takes to chew one of these bad boys though, I am actually left feeling satisfied.
One thing that I am going to have to get used to with having a blog is something you might not have guessed. That is, I need to get into the habit of writing down actual recipes! For me, the joy of cooking lies in the “toss in however much of whatever you want” motto. I love being surprised every time at the outcome and have invented some of my favourite meals that way. I realize though, that most people are not comfortable with this concept, especially if you are new to this cooking thing. I am so happy to be able to provide you with some guidance in the ingredient and technique departments. Once you gain confidence, I really encourage you to add your own twist to things whenever and wherever you see fit! It will totally help your creativity flourish in the kitchen, and you may end up with something even better than what you set out to recreate in the first place!
That said, there are so many substitutions or additions you could make to this recipe, and they would all be delicious. The main thing to make sure of is that you have enough peanut butter and maple syrup to hold everything together. Once you’ve got that nailed, play around with your favourite ingredients!
Possible things to sub or add: chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, goji berries, etc.
I truly hope you enjoy these cutie little power bombs as much as I do, and that they become a staple in your weekly food prep!
Big Boy Bites
- 2 c. quick oats I have used regular oats as well, but I find quick oats provide a better texture and allow the balls to stick together better
- ½ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ c. raisins
- ¼ c. cacao nibs
- ¼ c. ground flax seed I grind a bunch at once and store it in a big jar in my freezer to keep it fresh
- ¼ c. ground chia seeds I do the same as with the flax seed
- 1/4 c. raw sunflower seeds
- ¼ c. hemp hearts
- 1 c. creamy natural peanut butter unsalted
- 2/3 c. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. good quality sea salt I used a finely ground pink Himalayan salt
- Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir with a fork to combine.
- Once the ingredients have “gelled” together, form into 2” balls using your hands.
- Immediately put the balls into an air-tight container to retain maximum freshness.
Recipe makes around 14 Big Boys. I find they tend to dry out when stored on the counter or in the fridge for an extended period, which is why I put mine in the freezer. Simply take one out 10-15 minutes before you plan to eat.
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