NOTE: I have since updated this recipe to make it more ‘fat loss’ friendly. You can find that recipe here.
Last year I ran across a recipe by the Marathon Mom that I thought looked good. I mixed up a batch and since then we have made a double batch of these every week since then.
I’ve made some changes and tweaks to her original recipe (found at http://themarathonmom.com/granola-energy-balls.htm) to make them a little more fat-loss friendly and a little more closely aligned with our nutritional choices.
Hear me on this, just because these are a healthier option for a sweet treat does not mean that you can eat a handful of them at a time (although you will want to!).
Here is our recipe :
1 and 3/4 cup dry oats (I use quick oats, but you can use old fashioned if you’d like)
1 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened would be the best option, but if you can’t find it, use regular)
1 cup natural peanut butter (our favorite is Smuckers Natural Chunky)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
2/3 cup honey
1 full scoop chocolate protein powder
1 TB Cocoa powder (unsweetened kind)
1 TB Chia Seeds
1 tsp Cinnamon
Mix it all together.
(NOTE: I have made this recipe 50+ times and each time it’s different. Sometimes it seems too sticky so I add more oats. Sometimes it’s too dry so I add PB or a little honey, or even a tsp of vanilla flavoring. Mixing it up can be a workout of its own at times)
Roll into balls 1″ in diameter. Usually this makes around 48 balls and we keep them in the fridge for up to 1 week (they never last that long).
These are great to pack in lunches. I send some with my daughter to Kindergarten every day and her friends have started asking her to bring some for them, too. Hope you enjoy!
*Note: I have since updated this recipe to make it more fat loss friendly. If you’d like that version, you can find it here