Simple Protein Energy Balls
Updated: May 10
Energy balls are the perfect snack to fuel your day. They are filled with healthy carbs which our bodies burn for energy, our main fuel source! Healthy carbs help to power our central nervous system, brain, kidneys, and heart muscles. The oats provide high fiber, helping to aid in our digestion, leaving us feeling full. Oats even help to keep cholesterol levels in check! Both the peanut butter and oats provide protein, whose main job is to repair our cells and regenerate new ones. Protein is a major building block to our bones, muscles, cartilage and skin. Chia seeds are known as a super food. They contain quercetin, an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of several health conditions, including heart disease.
Some optional ingredients you can add depending on your personal taste include coconut flakes. These are a great aid in weight loss, they help reduce cardiovascular disease, and help to maintain cholesterol levels. Real dark chocolate even has some fabulous health benefits! It is full of flavanols that increase blood flow. Dark chocolate is packed full of important minerals, including iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and phosphorus. In your body, these minerals are used to support factors such as immunity (zinc), can help keep your bones and teeth healthy (phosphorus), and contribute to better sleep quality (magnesium). It has even been proven to improve our mood.
Now that we know all the amazing benefits these energy balls hold, let's get cooking!
Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut or Almond Butter
1 Cup Rolled Oats
2 Tbs Chia Seeds
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
optional; handful of dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, raisins...
Using a spatula, mix together all your peanut butter, maple syrup, and chia seeds until well combined. Add in your oats and chocolate chips/coconut/raisins (if using). Mix well.
Using a spoon or your hand, scoop out the mixture and roll it in your hands to form a 1/2 inch ball. Set in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
Wait at least 30 minutes to dig in to let the ingredients bind. Can stay refrigerated for up to one week. This recipe makes about 15 balls. Enjoy!