My friend Kristyn starting making these energy balls that are peanut butter based, for a healthy protein snack and energy boost. I loved the recipe and started making them myself now too! I gave up caffeine at work, so they’ve been awesome to help the mid-morning or mid-afternoon sleepiness at work, as protein is a great source of energy. Each ball is 144 calories and fills you up - the perfect hold over until lunch or dinner.
Made up of peanut butter and chia seeds and dates, you’re getting a ton of protein. By adding dates for a source of sugar and sweetness, instead of something like honey or pure sugar, you’re also receiving a ton of other health benefits. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates, as well as vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. Dates are a great source of protein and fiber. Dates are also known for being good for youthful skin and to help your hair grow longer and stronger. Read more about dates benefits for hair and skin here.
This recipe only takes 5 minutes max. to make, and your snacks for the whole week are prepped - done and done! They're also great for traveling, since you don't need to refridgerate them.
Makes ~8 energy balls
12 dates, chopped
3 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup chia seeds
2/3 cup oats
Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl
Use your palms to roll the mixture into 1” spheres
Place on a plate or cookie sheet and leave in the refrigerator for 15 minutes so they will firm up
Eat your heart out!