Recipe: Energy Balls

It’s official.  I’ve become a secret eater.  As in….I have to eat secretly, in hiding, away from my toddlers so they don’t see me eating and demand I give them some.

If L&H hear the crinkle of a nut bag or the sound of me biting into an apple, they flock to me – circling me until I share.  And while I love that they have healthy, hearty appetites – sometimes a mama just wants her OWN SNACK.

So, you better believe I’ve been crushing these Energy Balls lately.  They’re full of protein, and fiber, so one or two goes a long way.  They are delicious (because, hello – peanut butter is the nectar of the gods in my opinion).  And finally, they’re easy for me to pop in my mouth real quick then continue chasing L&H around the house.  No sharing necessary.

Also, a big bonus is that they make a great train breakfast for my hubby.  Now that we live in the ‘burbs (which you may not know if you don’t follow me on Instagram! We moved almost 2 weeks ago to a town just outside the city), hubs takes the train into the city everyday for work.  On Sunday nights I like to pack up 2-3 energy balls in little baggies for the week ahead so he can grab one and go each morning. Energy all around.

I highly recommend making a batch at the start of the week (or even a double batch!) and enjoying them all week.  Like I said, they’re a fast, nutritious snack and also make for a great on-the-go option.

And – for my nursing/pumping mamas out there: oats are a great way to boost your milk supply.  Plus these can help you keep your calorie intake so you can keep producing that liquid gold :).

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Energy Balls 
Makes 24 balls

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup ground or milled flaxseed
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup peanut butter (I did a mix of crunchy and smooth!)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

In a medium sized bowl add all ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until evenly combined.
Take a tablespoon of the mixture in your hand and press into a ball.  (Damp hands make the mixture stick less – so run them under the faucet really quick and shake off the excess for an easier go at it. )
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

 

 

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