I love these! It’s almost like getting to eat “healthy” fudge. At least to me, lol. The great thing about these is they are healthy, heart-healthy, filling, and a great energy boost. The badass energy balls make a good grab-and-go snack. I come across so many recipes for these. I took my favorite ones and kind of mushed them together to create this protein fiber yumminess. Oats and chia seeds are both great for heart health, honey has all kinds of great health benefits. I would encourage you to look up the ingredients of foods to see what can work for your benefit. I love to add dark chocolate not only because it’s the best, but dark chocolate happens to also be an anti-inflammatory. Bear in mind I am no health expert, nutritionist, or other. I’m just sharing.
Of note, any excuse for chocolate is a good excuse, right?
I would also add, get local honey whenever possible. Local honey can actually help people with allergies. Not to mention it’s a bonus to be able to get your honey from a local business, maybe even a farmers market.
1 cup whole rolled oats
3 Tablespoons raisins
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips or cut large ones in half
1. Mix the oats, raisins, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and chocolate chips well in a bowl.
2. Drizzle honey over the top of the dry ingredients.
3. Add the peanut butter and fold the mixture making sure to mix it well. Keep mixing until all the ingredients are well mixed. I like to foid it with a spatula and then flip it over and do the same thing again. I turn the bowl as I go making it easier to work with.
4. Put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
5. I use a cookie sheet and parchment paper to place each ball to be chilled. I use an ice cream scoop to grab a mixture and then using the palms of my hands I roll them into bite-size balls.
You can make them as big or small as you like. Being able to just pop one in your mouth is really handy for food on the go. Sometimes I have moments where all of a sudden I start to feel sick and realize a bit to eat will help. That’s why I like to make them smaller.
This part I often do sitting down at a table in front of my monitor. When the body beautiful doesn’t want to cooperate with my plans. I just have to find another way or wait for a better day. Either way making the healthy choice for when to make these and eat them is a balance I have learned to strike.
6. Pop them in the fridge for at least a few hours, but better to let them chill for 24 hours. Then just place them in a container cover and keep them chilled. They can last up to three weeks in the fridge.