With how active I am, I end up really hungry throughout the day and try to honor my hunger with snacks. I try to keep healthy snacks on hand, so I don’t reach for junk food.
The last few weeks, I’ve felt like I haven’t been eating as good as I can, and I was looking at some energy ball recipes on Pinterest. When I ran to the grocery store, I totally forgot I wanted to make them and didn’t buy any special ingredients. So, I turned to my pantry to see what I could do with what I already had.
I figured I needed something soft for the base, so I combined peanut butter, half a banana, and some vanilla extract. I then added some ‘dry’ ingredients, including sliced almonds, dried coconut, and dark chocolate chips. I realized as I was adding it that my coconut was sweetened, which I didn’t know! Next time I’ll have to look for unsweetened. The dough seemed a little too sticky as I was mixing it, so I also threw in some oats to bind it all together.
Once the mixture felt right, I rolled it into little balls. You kind of have to squeeze it in order to firm it up, but once they’re made they stay together pretty well. I threw them in a container and refrigerated for on the go snacking! Obviously they’re not the best or healthiest thing in the world, but they are a good alternative to a cookie or a high sugar granola bar!
I’m glad I could make something with ingredients I already had, and they were super quick to make!
Here is the exact recipe if you’re curious:
-1/4 cup peanut butter
-1/2 small banana
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend wet ingredients together until combined.
-1/4 cup sliced almonds, crushed
-1/4 cup dried coconut
-1/4 cup dry oats
-1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (as many as you want!)
Mix dry ingredients one at a time and mix. Add more oats if dough is too sticky. Roll into 1” balls and keep refrigerated.
The recipe is also easy to make your own— swap out dry ingredients for dried fruit or other nuts. You could also add chia seeds if you have them!
Do you have a favorite energy ball recipe? Maybe next week I’ll remember to buy ingredients to make a different recipe!