OATMEAL ENERGY BALLS
You should really start your day with these no-bake oatmeal energy balls. They are extremely sweet and healthy. Give just three minutes to prepare them and enjoy the results. This super quick recipe will immediately become one of your everyday snacks. It contains lots of healthy ingredients and can be a great companion as your breakfast or brunch.
These oatmeal energy balls are gluten-free and can be a healthy beginning of your day. Besides, here I will give several variations of making these energy balls with different flavors.
Call them oatmeal bites, protein balls, energy balls, or whatever you want. The name does not change the fact that they are super tasty and healthy.
What refers to the ingredients you need a few good and healthy items to prepare this recipe. It does not even include the baking process, so the time you should devote to making the balls becomes even shorter. Let’s see the main ingredients we need to prepare them.
THE MAIN INGREDIENTS TO MAKE POWER BALLS
The main ingredient list includes oats, nut butter, some mix-ins, and sticky liquid. Here I will describe why we use each of these ingredients.
Yes, you are free to make your energy balls with other kinds of flour and get fantastic results, but I assure you that oatmeal is among the best ones, or maybe the best one. It is inexpensive, and you can find it easily. However, this is not its only plus. Oatmeal also makes you feel that you are eating very sweet cookie dough instead of a healthy one. But simultaneously, it is very healthy.
The next ingredient that brings some healthy and delicious taste to your balls is nut butter. Probably, you can also use peanut butter or almond butter instead of nut butter. But I am not sure cause I only tried these energy balls with nut butter. Nut butter also helps to bind your energy balls. It’s a very crucial ingredient for this recipe.
If you are a real kitchen lover and are fond of experimenting with something new with every recipe, you can also try to do the same with these energy balls. You can choose different mix-ins for your balls to make them taste more divine. Here you are free to work your imagination and try to find the best mix-ins for you. It can be chia seeds, mini chocolates, chopped nuts, dried fruits, raisins, to name just a few.
These fascinating ingredients are added to the balls not only to keep the balls in their form but also to give some sweetness to them. For this purpose, you can use honey. It’s very sticky and sweet. If you want to make vegan energy bites, choose pure maple syrup.
I have already mentioned that this recipe for oatmeal energy balls is gluten-free. But you may think that how it can be gluten-free if most of the oatmeal has the risk of being filled with gluten. No fear, you can find some gluten-free and really healthy oatmeal if you look for them carefully.
Another great advantage of this recipe is that you do not need any blender or food processor to make them. Let’s see how we should prepare them.
PREPARATION PROCESS OF THE OATMEAL ENERGY BALLS
Just 5 minutes, and your oatmeal balls will be ready. No baking process, no kitchen equipment like blenders or food processors, etc. Just mix them together in a large bowl.
So, take a large mixing bowl and combine there all of the ingredients. Combine oats, nut or peanut butter, mix-ins that you have chosen, sticky liquid, vanilla extract, salt, and other mix-ins to make the mixture more flavorful.
Start stirring the mixture. If you think that it is a little bit dry, you can add more peanut or nut butter, but if it is a little bit moist, add more oats to make it drier. It should be dry enough to remain stick to each other so that you can form bites from the mixture.
When you finish the mixing process, let the mixture freeze in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. After that, take the mixture from the fridge, and start making balls of your desired size. I usually make the balls of 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. It’s the perfect size for me.
It’s time to enjoy the most “powerful” and tastiest energy balls in the world!
But besides the main recipe, here I will give you some tips about the recipe. And I will also introduce variations with different mix-ins to try every time in a new way.
TIPS FOR OATMEAL ENERGY BALL RECIPE
Here are mostly two problems that you can face in preparing these balls. Firs of them, can you store the balls, and second is what you can use instead of nut butter if you are allergic to nuts. Here are the solutions.
HOW TO STORE ENERGY BALLS
If you are making energy balls for later eating, you can easily store them. Use an airtight container and put the balls in it to store them. You should definitely keep them in the refrigerator or in the freezer. If you want to store in the refrigerator, their expiration date is one to weeks, but in the case of the freezer, you can keep them for up to 2-3 months.
WHAT IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO NUTS
It’s such a pity that you cannot try these energy balls with nut butter because of being allergic to them, as they are really wonderful for this recipe. But there is a solution even for this problem. Those who are allergic to nut butter and can add neither nut butter nor peanut butter can make this recipe with sunflower seed butter. It works fantastic for this recipe.
WHAT MIX-INS YOU CAN CHOOSE FOR ENERGY BALLS
It’s high time to talk about mix-ins. One of my favorite mix-ins is chocolate chips. I always prefer them from other mix-ins. But it’s not the only mix-in that I use.
Yes, I agree that there are lots of people who are not fond of chocolate or don’t like it at all, and that’s why I have other options for them. Raisins, almonds, coconut flakes, dried fruits, you can name it; these are all the mix-ins you can use to add some extra delicious taste to your energy balls.
I also want to add that these oatmeal energy bites are not only super delicious and healthy but also they are very convenient to take with to school or on your workplace and help yourself during the brakes. You can make them beforehand and keep in the refrigerator and take with you in the morning. They are quick and efficient and will not take too much time from you. Moreover, you don’t need to browse in the stores and supermarkets to find the ingredients for the recipe, as this recipe contains handy ingredients that can be easily found pantry.
Delicious, super quick, convenient, healthy, and inexpensive; what can be cooler than this? These are the reasons why my family members are fond of these bites. No more words, just try it, and you will be astonished by the results.
RECIPE FOR NO BAKE OATMEAL ENERGY BALLS
Rolled oats (gluten-free) – 1 and ¼ cups
Nut Butter (Peanut or almond butter also work greatly. Also, if you are allergic to nut butter, can try this recipe with sunflower seed butter) – 0.5 cup
Sticky liquid sweetener (Honey can be the best choice, but maple syrup is also possible) – 1/3 cups
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Salt (Kosher salt works best of all) – ¼ tsp is enough
Flavor options (it can be chia seeds, hemp seeds, or something like this) – 2 tbsp
Mix-ins (almonds, nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, raisins, trail mix, etc.) – 0.5 cup
1) Take a large mixing ball and combine there all the ingredients. These include oatmeal, liquid sweetener, nut or peanut butter, vanilla, salt, mix-ins, and other additional spices that you want to add. Mix all the ingredients together.
2) Put the mixture in the refrigerator and let it freeze for half an hour. Then take it from the refrigerator, and start making balls. You are free to choose any size of your balls. You are free to choose whatever size you want to make the bites. I usually make my energy balls in 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. It’s the perfect size for them, I guess.
3) Be careful that the mixture you get is not so dry and so moist. If it is too moist, add some more oatmeal and continues mixing. If it is too dry, you can add some peanut butter. In short, you should get a sticky mixture to make the most perfect balls. You can use a kitchen appliance to make the balls look similar, for example, a soup ladle.
4) After making balls, you can serve the snack, but if you want to keep it for later, use airtight containers. Put the balls in it and keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or keep in the freezer for 3-4 months.
This was all about the most fascinating and easy super energy balls. I hope you will enjoy them. My friends cannot help temptation, and they leave the plate empty some 15 minutes after I serve them.
Have a nice appetite!