No-Bake Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

While I was on my big health kick this summer, I decided to make some relatively-clean sweets/snacks that I could munch on if I had a craving for sweets.  I mean if the worst ingredient in them was a handful of mini-chocolate chips, how bad could the recipe be?  I added a bunch of stuff to these – such as ground flax seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, and peanut butter (for some protein).  The only complaint I think I had was the chia seeds.  They add a little bit of a different texture to the energy balls, but they also get stuck in your teeth.

So these energy balls were super easy to make and didn’t require baking.  I kept them in the fridge, and any time I had a little sweet craving, I popped one of these and voila – craving satisfied.  When TAB found out that there were chocolate chips in them, of course she wanted to partake.  And even though they were a little crumbly, she devoured it.  Not knowing that it was actually good for her.

Start by mixing your dry ingredients in a bowl – unsweetened shredded coconut, ground flaxseed, rolled oats chia seeds, and  nutmeg.

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Add peanut butter and honey and mix.  If it is too dry and crumbly, add a little bit more peanut butter.

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Add chocolate chips.

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Mix to incorporate.

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Form into balls and refrigerate – at least an hour.

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Enjoy!

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Recipe:

2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (or cinnamon)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl – coconut, oats, flaxseed, chia seeds and nutmeg (or cinnamon if you like a milder flavor).  Add peanut butter and honey and mix to combine.  If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add a little bit more peanut butter.  Add chocolate chips and mix to incorporate.  Form into balls and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Enjoy!

Caroline