Best Ever No Bake Energy Balls

These healthy protein packed energy balls are super easy to make and require no baking. They’re the perfect healthy snack that actually hits the spot! Pack one, or two, in your next lunch and that 3 pm hunger pang will thank you. 

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I’ve had a picture of this recipe stored in a Favorites album on my phone since June 2014. Countless times I’ve pulled it up to make a batch of the little round balls of peanut butter goodness.

I first discovered energy balls when Jackson brought me home to meet his family for the first time. His mom packed a picnic lunch for us while we watched his sister compete in a track meet.

I’d never seen or tasted an energy ball before that day and little did I know my life was about to be changed. Jackson handed over the Ziploc bag and I grabbed a ball. At first bite, I was hooked. I wanted 10 more, but somehow managed to suffice with two. Okay fine, it was probably three. THEY WERE SO GOOD!

His mom saw how much I liked them and so kindly wrote the recipe down on a sheet of paper for me. She didn’t remember where she found the recipe, but luckily she had written it down and has been making them ever since.

WHAT YOU NEED

To get started you just need a few, simple ingredients:

Old fashioned oats, shredded coconut, peanut butter (or other nut butter), ground flax seed, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries (or other dried fruit), honey, and vanilla.

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Mix all the ingredients together, form them into bite-sized balls, and store in the fridge. It’s as easy as that.

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Best Ever No Bake Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ⅔ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (or other fruit)*
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Dump all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed. (Sometimes I just use my hands to mix it if the spoon isn’t working well.)
  2. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll into one inch balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

*If you’re not feeling the dried fruit, feel free to eliminate and add an extra ¼ cup of chocolate chips.

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