How is everyone? I just got home from the gym so I’m full of endorphins and hunger. I drove Andrew to work this morning so I can joy-ride around town in his car all day. Just kidding, I need the car for a CPR class I’m taking later this afternoon. Ok and maybe just a little joy-riding. (RIP Paul Walker.)
Almost every day, I feel like I come across a recipe for protein balls or energy bites, which sound like a great snack idea, but the second or third ingredient is always coconut. Personally, I am not a fan of the flakey white fruit. I don’t mind coconut flavor, per se; I’m just not crazy about the texture of it shredded.
I decided to do a little experimenting and come up with my own coconut-free energy bites… snack balls?… protein circlies?… still working on the name.
The bad news is I was working with a limited pantry when I put these together. The good news is these have very few ingredients and are simple to make! I didn’t even use the food processor because it’s such a pain to clean. This is a one-bowl, 6-ingredient recipe. I hope you like it!
No Bake Sun Butter Oat Balls
1 ½ cups gluten free rolled oats
½ cup sunflower seed butter (or any other nut butter)
1 scoop protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Warrior Vanilla protein powder)
1 T chia seeds
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
3 T maple syrup (honey would work, too)
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. If you have time, it helps to refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes or so before shaping, but it’s not essential. When ready, shape into ping pong-sized balls, and really press them into shape. Once all of the dough has been shaped, store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Makes about 2 dozen balls.
As you can see, these ingredients are not shocking, nor are they revolutionary. Most of them are found in 100 other energy ball recipes. What I discovered is that it’s the ratio that’s important. You need enough “wet” ingredients to hold the balls together, and you need the right amount of dry ingredients so that you don’t end up with sticky balls.
The point is, feel free to swap in and out your favorite ingredients with these. Just try to maintain the general ratio of wet to dry. And please, let me know what you think! I’d love to hear any add-in ideas you guys have… other than coconut, obviously.