Updated: Feb 23
Packed with protein, healthy fat, fiber, and inexpensive to make, these peanut butter balls make the perfect easy to eat snack.
This is the recipe I use for meal prep many times throughout the year. I make a bunch and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Dried fruit can be added to these if you want a little different variation.
You might be wondering why it's important to make your own snacks instead of buying granola bars or a ready to eat food. Many of the commercially prepared granola and energy bars have a significant amount of added sugar in them and, in many cases, are not made with whole ingredients. For example, when you make your own snacks and the recipe calls for walnuts, usually you add halved walnuts which add significant fiber and minerals to the food. In the case of commercially prepared energy bars, they grind the nuts and add smaller portions to the mixture. You don't get the same amount that makes a sizeable difference in the food's nutrient content. In many cases, when you control the ingredients, you can control the nutritional value...and that's important!
1 cup natural peanut butter ⅔ cup honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups shredded old-fashioned rolled oats 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut 1 cup ground flaxseed 1 cup mini chocolate chips
2. Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
3. Scoop mixture into 1" sized balls and place on a baking sheet.
4. Refrigerate and store in an air-tight container.