I like this recipe better than I like most cookies and definitely better than any protein bar. These are just hands-down filling, delicious, healthy, and fit for anyone’s definition of “clean eating.”
They also take almost no time to whip together. The only time-intensive part is rolling these into balls and then the very long hour wait as they firm up in the refrigerator.
With oatmeal, flax seeds, and chia seeds, in addition to almond butter, honey, coconut, and dairy-free chocolate chips, these are nutritional balls of yum. They are gluten-free and basically vegan as well, but technically honey is not vegan (as it’s a byproduct of bees, even though it doesn’t qualify as dairy or meat).
Each recipe makes about two dozen balls, depending on the size you make them. I like mine big, about two tablespoons in size. Every time I make these I end up with 25, with a few nibbles along the way.
There are similar versions found all over the Internet, but I will say that among all the ones I’ve tried, I do like this recipe best.
5-Minute Almond Butter Energy Balls
- 16 oz Justin's Maple Almond Butter (one jar)
- 3 cups rolled oats (I use gluten-free)
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds (sometimes labeled flax meal)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I like Endangered Species Oat Milk + Dark Chocolate Chips)
- 1/2 cup honey
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl, honey last. (As a tip, I simply use double the amount of oats to almond butter. Thus, use the almond butter jar, now empty, as your measurement device for the oats. Just fill it up twice and you'll save yourself from washing another measuring cup!)
- Mix thoroughly and form into uniform balls. Place on a plate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to set. They do not need to be covered.
If you are looking for more fast recipes, read this one-week food diary that I kept, showcasing homemade dinners, all fairly easy to make: Fast Dinner Recipes When Life is Busy.
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