Happy Fall, friends! Summer is still holding on (just barely) here in the south- maybe that’s why I’ve got a different, non-pumpkin-spice goody on my mind these days. Sure, I’m super late to the party and way off food trend, but who cares? These portable and hearty bites of goodness are awesome. My kids freak when the big mixing bowl comes out- and I struggle to keep my cool while inhaling these little babies. Seriously, Mr. Mango and I hoard them after the kids go to bed. We feel that familiar pang of guilt experienced while digging into their Halloween candy- but it’s clearly not bad enough to stop us from pounding a few before bedtime. I have to remind my self to breathe…
This recipe is flexible, as long as you maintain the basic wet to dry proportions noted below. With or without the chips, the bites are delicious. We mow through a batch in no time (even though this recipe makes approximately 60-70 bites- eek), but the kids are always pumped to find this special treat in their lunch box. I love them as a pre or post-work out funsie, or as a nut-free option to bring to school parties when made with sun butter.
Chia seeds. Flax Meal. Gluten free (if made with gluten-free oats). A pinch of fiber. Did I mention they freeze well in a sealed container? Whaaa??? Doesn’t get much better than that! Employ your favorite little helpers, hand them a melon baller, and get to it. Enjoy!
1 1/2 c. oats
3/4 c. natural peanut butter (we love crunchy- almond or sunbutter works too if you’re nut free)
1/4 c. protein powder (rice protein used here
1/4 c. ground flax
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1/3 c. honey or agave (use 1/4 c. for lower glycemic option- still delicious)ss
1 tbsp. vanilla (or water, if you vanilla is not available)
1/4- 1/2 c. vegan chocolate chips (pictured here- we used 1/4 c. Other great options: raisins, chopped dates,
1- Combine all dry ingredients in mixing bowl with a large spoon.
2-Add all wet ingredients and chips (if desired) and stir with spoon until combined (if flaky, add teaspoon of water).
3- Place mixture in refrigerator for 20-30 min.
4- Scoop into little balls and place on pan covered with wax paper.
5-Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes and enjoy!
Yields approximately 65 energy balls