So Teri brought these over to a big ‘ol play-date I hosted one day. She found the recipe from a super-cutie blog called Smashed Peas and Carrots . (and before I continue, please excuse the lack of spaces between paragraphs on this post–something is not working for Michelle this morning… but I really wanted to share this with you!)
I like this blog. Ms. Maggie, the writer, is a mother to four kids under the age of five (yes, you read that correctly.) She not only manages to keep them alive, apparently, but she keeps up this really smart blog and writes comments about her recipes like, “This is so frickin’ awesome you can’t eat just one!”
Who can’t respect and admire that?
Teri put these little honeys out and the kids (OK, yes, and the mamas) gobbled them right up. I will say this: When I make them the balls are not, uh, perfectly spherical and the sizes are what you might call “varied.” For this reason I have included the visual of Teri’s Energy Balls. Mine do taste just as yum though… (Seriously! So if you ever see, them please don’t make fun.)
One more comment before I reveal the recipe: These are a no-bake (extra points from Michelle!) situation but they are reminiscent–in a really good way–of cookie dough. OK. Here you go.
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Directions: Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week (or 20 minutes if you’re at my house…)
Tip: Raisins work well in place of chocolate chips too. Kinda tart and obviously a tad healthier–but I’m not discounting the value of a good chocolate chip!
Mom used to make similar using triskets, pb, raisons, etc. and chill them. My favorite!