Oatmeal Energy Balls

Oatmeal Energy Balls with lavender yarrow flowers. Pic by M.C
Oatmeal Energy Balls with lavender yarrow flowers. Pic by M.C.

I tried a new juice bar in my area and liked their balls. That’s what I said—to you, not them. I tried to figure out what was in them. They were like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie in an energy ball. There were definitely oats, peanut butter, raisins, cinnamon, and maybe flaxseed meal and I think walnuts. I tried oats whole, quick cook, and flour. I prefer quick cooked since they are cut and form a ball better. These make a great snack with tea, meal replacement, or after a hike—just keep them iced. Two tablespoons of Bob’s Red Mill golden flaxseed meal have protein-3g, calcium-24 mg, iron-1 mg, and potassium-113 mg.

1 cup oatmeal, gluten free
2 Tbsp. Four Sigmatic vanilla protein powder or golden flaxseed meal
4 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 cup agave
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. chia seeds
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips, Enjoy Life semi sweet mini chips
2 Tbsp. raisins
7 halves of walnuts crushed

Yield: 9-12 balls

I use whatever form of oats I have. You can always put whole oats in the blender to get them the texture you want. Combine oats and protein. The protein helps cut the stickiness. Flaxseed meal cuts the stickiness really well and is more affordable and adds an even texture. Add the peanut butter and stir. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir as you go. Sometimes I have to put the glass bowl of “dough” in the freezer for ten minutes. Then roll balls. I always end up with at least nine. Store in a container and then freeze for ready to eat use.

Happy Vegan!

Recipe from blog of melissacrismon.com

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