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These extremely easy to make no bake peanut butter coconut and oat energy balls only require 7 ingredients and can be made in 10 minutes or less! They are dairy free, full of nutrients and can definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!
I’m officially creating these recipes after my due date with lil bub! I’m over 40 weeks pregnant and wondering what the heck this baby is up to in my belly, and why he isn’t anxious to come out into the world to meet us?! Oh the anticipation.
One thing I’ve been craving in my third trimester that I haven’t been craving *at all* throughout the entire rest of my pregnancy: baked goods. Well, baked goods and chocolates, and ice cream…pretty much all sweets and desserts. So I’ve been trying to make healthier baked goods and sweets in an attempt to prevent myself from completely going off the deep end and diving head first into a tub of chocolate frosting.
These no bake peanut butter coconut and oat energy balls are literally so simple to make, that I’m pretty sure even a toddler could make them. The only equipment you need is a food processor or high quality high speed blender (but for the love of god if you do decide to make these with your kids, you do the blending for safety purposes).
Here’s how I made these energy balls health conscious:
— I used allergen free cacao chips instead of milk chocolate chips. I LOVE cacao and have written about its health benefits in this post.
— Instead of flour, I used rolled oats as a base to give these energy balls some gluten-free substance packed with healthy fiber and carbs as well as great sources of vitamins and minerals like manganese, magnesium, vitamin B1, and antioxidants!
— I made sure to source organic peanut butter (because some common PB brands are high in preservatives and the process to roast their peanuts aren’t the healthiest), you can also use almond butter or cashew butter instead if you desire.
— I used raw honey as my sweetener, but depending on the type of sweetener you like you can use coconut sap, dates, or even pure maple syrup. I love honey for its microbial and antiviral properties.
— The coconut oil and coconut chips gives these energy balls a hefty dose of healthy fats and can help keep you feeling full when you munch on these as a snack!
These no bake peanut butter coconut and oat energy balls are ideal to make as a snack or health conscious sweet treat, and I am confident that your kids will love them too! The one thing I love about making energy balls is that you can be intuitive with your ingredients and can always alter serving sizes and ingredients to make these unique to what you are craving. I hope you enjoy making these!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp + 2tsp honey
- pinch sf alt
- 1/4 cup cacao chips
- 3/4 coconut chips
- Add all ingredients besides the cacao chips in a food processor and pulse until fully blended. The mixture should be thick enough to mold into tiny balls. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the chocolate chips, and fold in the chips with your hands. Then mold tiny balls in your palm and place on a plate - transfer the balls to a freezer for about 10-15 minutes to harden and enjoy! Store in the fridge to keep fresh.