A recent craving led me to Pinterest, and after a 15 minute (OK, 1 hour) tangent, I came across an appetite-stimulating picture of these so-called energy balls. The recipe called for peanut butter, oats and chocolate, which is cookie territory and always a welcomed treat, except there was no baking involved. Instant gratification. Sign. Me. Up!
These healthy bonbons, as I’ve renamed them, make a great snack, treat along the hiking trail, or even dessert. They’re also super easy to make, if you can call it that. Just throw all the ingredients together in a bowl, and stir. Can you handle it? The most time consuming part is shaping them into perfect spheres, so if you have a bit of OCD like I do, and you’re running low on patience, bars are an alternative. I’m taking that route next time.
Out of curiosity (and because I like math), I calculated the calories. Each heaping tablespoon-sized ball is worth about 85 calories, which is reasonable for how good they taste. I offer no comment on how many I sampled during the mixing process, but I promise you can’t eat just one.
Stay tuned for adaptations with different nut butters, extracts, chopped nuts and dried fruit!
Materials (makes 30 balls, barely adapted from Daydream Kitchen)
1 cup dry oats (I used old fashioned)
1 cup finely shredded coconut
1/2 cup ground flaxseed (I ground the seeds in a coffee grinder)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup mini carob chips (or chocolate chips)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1. Using elbow grease or the classic hand mashing method, combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and refrigerate for about 15 minutes. This makes the mixture easier to shape.
2. Scoop using a tablespoon, and form into balls. Bonbons will keep in an airtight container for up to a week, but mine didn’t last that long.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!