When you need a little energy boost, these peanut butter bits will give you new life.
THE MAIN INGREDIENTS:
Peanut butter: Use the natural stuff with no added sugar. It’s better for you, and the looser consistency will make the mixture easier to stir.
Oats: We like the heartier texture of old fashioned oats, but quick cooking oats work well too!
Shredded coconut: These are delicious, and kinda taste like dessert, but don’t forget that they’re meant to be healthy. Use unsweetened shredded coconut—not the kind you use in macaroons.
Chia seeds: These tiny, crunchy seeds are rich in antioxidants and have a ton of fiber. They’re also a good source of protein!
Flaxseeds: We consider this ingredient optional, so don’t stress too much if you can’t find it anywhere. BUT, it is a good thing to have in your pantry for many of the same reasons as chia seeds. It’s also known for keeping hunger at bay.
Honey: For sweetness! If you want to use maple syrup instead, go for it.
Chocolate chips: We wanted these protein balls to taste a little bit like cookie dough (?), so we added some mini dark chocolate chips. Skip them if you’re really trying to be good.
Milk: Use whichever kind you prefer—almond, coconut, oat are all great dairy-free options.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir oats, chocolate chips, coconut, chia, flax, cinnamon, and salt until combined. Stir in peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Mixture should be slightly crumbly. If it’s too dry, gradually stir in milk.
- Roll mixture into balls then place on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.