An Energizing No-Bake Snack to Fuel the Entire Family

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My kids love to snack: truly, the second they walk into the house after school, it’s nonstop requests for something to eat. Now, I usually keep a plethora of fruit and light bites around, but those don’t always appease their super hungry stomachs alone. However, you know what does? No-Bake Energy Balls. Yep, that’s right, delicious bite-sized goodies that just so happen to be good for you. Oats and peanut butter are great for energy, but the real deal lies in the Chia seeds. Chia seeds are the richest plant source of Omega-3, and are full of fiber. All hail the Chia seed!

Here’s how to make them!

  • No Bake Energy Balls 1 of 5
    No Bake Energy Balls
    You know you want one...
  • The Ingredients 2 of 5
    The Ingredients
    1 cup raw oats, 1 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey, 1/2 cup chia seeds (you can use ground flax if you prefer), 1/4 chocolate chips (optional), 1 tsp vanilla
  • Grab a mixing bowl 3 of 5
    Grab a mixing bowl
    Pour all of the ingredients into a bowl.
  • Use some elbow grease 4 of 5
    Use some elbow grease
    Stir the (very sticky) ingredients until you have an even consistency. Place bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Roll ’em up 5 of 5
    Roll 'em up
    After removing from the refrigerator, roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Voilá! How easy was that?

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s totally customizable. Feel free to add or omit any of the ingredients – different kinds of nut butters and chopped dried fruits are great substitutions.

1 cup raw oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chia seeds, ground or raw (you can also use flax instead)
1/4 chocolate chips (optional)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, refrigerate for 30 minutes, roll into bite-sized balls. Makes about 20 1-inch balls that can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 1 week. Enjoy!

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