What’s better than a delicious. healthy, homemade snack? One that requires almost no effort to make! (Well… either that or a glass of wine. I’ll let you debate that one). Enter No Bake Energy Balls. The perfect snack whenever you need a quick pick-me-up.
Full of tantalizing ingredients, such as natural rolled oats, honey, peanut butter, and a sprinkling of candied chocolate chips to keep you going, these no bake energy balls might just be the best healthy mouthful of energy you’ve ever had.
And have I mentioned that there’s no baking required? (Um… only three times already). Yep, no need to crank up that hot oven like you do for so many other “energy bars.”
Just mix, chill, roll, and chill again. These no bake energy balls (some call them protein bites because they’re packed with all that protein goodness) are a great back to school treat, camping goody, or even a midnight snack (yes, my husband has a midnight snack pretty much every night! How can he be in such good shape?? I’m pretty sure I’d outgrow my jeans in a big hurry if I did that! Go figure.)
How to Make No Bake Energy Balls
Mix together oats, honey, candied chocolate chips, peanut butter, and a wee bit of vanilla until well-mixed. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Scoop 1 1/2 tablespoons into oiled hands (can use cooking spray) and roll into a tightly formed ball. Place on a plate or cookie sheet and place back in the refrigerator or freezer. Serve as needed.
While I love the recipe exactly as written, the beauty about this one is that you can incorporate any little goodies you want. Here are some alternative choices:
- regular mini chocolate chips
- cashew pieces
- almond butter in place of the peanut butter
- dried cranberries
The list is as long as your imagination. Just make sure that when you have it all mixed together, the ball holds together. You will likely need to add more honey or peanut butter if you have a lot of dry ingredients.
I absolutely love taking this with us on the day we head out camping. They provide a quick and easy grab and go snack while we’re on the drive, setting up, or winding down in front of the campfire (with that glass of wine).
P. S. Here’s our other favorite “camping snack” (Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs – easy, healthy, and yummy!)