If I could only meal prep one thing for the rest of my life, it would 100% be energy balls. They require zero baking and make the perfect satisfying snack or dessert to have on hand at all times.
If you're on the same page, I have a TON of recipes on my site to help you hit the ground running!
For this simple recipe, I really just started playing around with what I had in my pantry, and I'm so pleased by how tasty they turned out.
You can't go wrong when peanut butter and chocolate are involved, but add some additional superfoods and you're unstoppable!
The base of these tasty little bites consists of rolled oats (gluten free is always an option) and almond flour plus peanut butter (or other nut butter of choice) and coconut oil to act as a binder.
I'm a fan of adding protein powder as well to make these a bit more satiating. You can use whatever brand you prefer, but some of my personal favorites include:
- Almeda Labs Kasvi Powder – use code GOODNESSWITHG for 10% off
- Nuzest – code goodnesswithg for 15% off
- Four Sigmatic – code GOODNESSWITHG for 10% off
Plus, energy balls are an amazing way to sneak some superfoods into your diet, so play around with it! For this recipe I threw in some chia seeds and maca powder - two incredibly nutrient-dense ingredients that I have in my pantry at all times.
Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, omega-3 fats and antioxidants and they're extremely versatile, while I love. Check out my Peach Chia Jam, Super Simple Raspberry Chia Jam or Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding for more ways to enjoy them!
Maca powder, on the other hand, is an earthy, nutty powder that's packed with natural energy-boosting abilities. Studies actually show that maca can even boost libido, improve mood and increase memory. My Maca PB&J Overnight Oats are another favorite of mine!
Mix together all of these ingredients, roll into balls and enjoy! I always like to store these in the freezer (because I like a dense texture), but the fridge works great as well.
Whip up a batch for the coming week and let me know what you think!
- 1/2 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
- 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- ½ cup runny peanut butter
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maca powder (optional)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl. Mix well to create a well-combined dough.
2. Scoop and roll into 12 balls.
3. Store in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!
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