These easy no bake power balls are quick to make, call for simple ingredients and are one of my go-to homemade energy bites! Use our recipe below as a guide. Many of the ingredients can be substituted (example: quick oats for rolled oats or flaxseed meal for chia seeds). You can also add some extra ingredients based on your needs. Protein powder, for example, is a nice addition (read the article above for all of our tips and variations).
1 cup rolled oats or substitute quick oats
3 tablespoons ground flax meal, chia seeds or hemp seeds
1/2 cup nut butter or sunflower seed butter
1/3 cup honey, pure maple syrup or agave nectar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, optional
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips or substitute dried nuts and fruit
Stir all the ingredients together in a large bowl. The mixture will be a bit tricky to stir at first, but with pressing the nut butter and honey around and into the other ingredients, it will eventually turn into a more cohesive mixture.
If the mixture seems too dry and crumbly, add a bit more nut butter or honey. If the mixture seems too wet, sprinkle in some more oats. Form into 1-inch balls or for a slightly easier time forming the balls, place the mixture into the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes and then roll into balls.
When forming the balls, a medium cookie scoop is useful and helps to keep each ball the same size — we try to make the balls about 1-inch in diameter, but this is up to you.
Store energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze (wrapped well) for up to 3 months.