Eating clean is hard. It’s not finding things to eat. Recipes are easy to find but there is a part of my brain that wakes up every now again and demands that I eat four times my body weight in Haribo. The hard bit is ignoring it.
I have found a way of shutting it up, getting something yummy in my gob and getting a little boost of energy at the same time.
No-bake Energy Balls are quick and easy to make and just as quick and easy to eat. They make for great snacks that provide a good balance of complex carbohydrates, fibre, protein and omega 3, as well as keeping you away from the Haribo. For now.
Ingredients (makes around 10 balls)
- 30g Desiccated coconut
- 60g Porridge oats
- 30g Ground flaxseed
- 40g Crunchy peanut butter (approx 2 tbsp)
- 30g Runny honey (approx 3 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 Medium banana
- 53g milk chocolate (approx 4 squares of a bar)
Put it all in a bowl. No particular order needed. On my second batch I left the honey until last so the oats didn’t soak it all up, but it really didn’t make a difference.
Mix it all about. You may need to mush the peanut butter down a bit so you don’t end with one energy ball that is just a lump of peanut butter covered in oats and coconut.
Once that’s done you can get on to making the balls. Grab a small handful of the mixture, wrap your hand around it and squeeze. I then push the excess back into the ball at both ends with my thumb while my hand is still closed. Shape the lump into a ball and there you have it. Your first no-bake energy ball! Well done!
Repeat 9 times or until your mixture runs out.
Pop them gently into an airtight container and keep in the fridge. I say that last for a week but they could last longer. They’ve never survived long enough for me to find out.
You can add different things in there to make your own versions. I’ve been tempted to replace the chocolate with some cranberries or similar dried fruit. I did try leaving out the chocolate, melting it down and using it to cover the outside of the balls. Fancy trying that as well? Don’t. They’re too delicate for that. They fall apart and you’re left with an oaty, cocnutty, chocolatty mess instead of an awesome snack.
Per ball (recipe makes around 10 balls)
Total fat 7.2g
Total carbs 9.6g
Vitamin A 0.0%
Vitamin C 0.0%
I adapted this recipe from one I found through Pinterest, but omitted a few things (chia seeds?) and changed a couple of measurements as it was an American recipe using their silly cup system…