On-the-Go Energy Balls

On-the-Go Energy Balls are my favorite nutritious snack that my whole family loves! They’re perfect for busy mornings, after daycare snacks, or an evening treat.

energy balls with sunflower seeds on a wooden cutting board on a white and blue background

**Photos updated on 9.24.19

For the last few years I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions or specifically given something up for Lent. This isn’t because I’m boycotting or think it’s a stupid idea at all. To be honest, it’s because I got tired of failed attempts. I’m the kind of person who has an infinite number of plans but only about 6% of them last more than a week and it gets downright discouraging.

Habits are really really really really hard to form and scary for me to think about. This year, rather than trying to form new positive habits or get rid of bad ones, I’ve chosen the road of discipline.

To me, the problem with telling myself “I need to make this a habit” is that when I forget one day or realize it’s been a week and I haven’t done the thing I was setting out to do, I get discouraged and give up. That’s when discipline kicks in and says, “It’s ok you’ve been slacking, but let’s move forward and start again.” Discipline is helping yourself to choose right over wrong, productivity over laziness in most cases for me!

energy balls with sunflower seeds on a wooden cutting board on a white and blue background

Kev and I made a chart for this year from an idea called the “7 Dimensions of Wellness” that helps highlights areas of our life we would like to strengthen.

We haven’t been perfect by any means, but we are learning constantly how to budget our time and energy so that we can give more to the things on our list. The categories we included and chose goals for are: spiritual, physical, social, emotional, environmental, occupational, and intellectual. Every person and situation is different, but this has been working well for us so far!

However, if New Year’s Resolutions or Lent work for you, that’s awesome. Which is why this recipe is going to appeal to those who have given up sweets for Lent 😉

(Sorry, there was just no graceful way to make that transition…)

energy balls with sunflower seeds on a wooden cutting board on a white and blue background

These Energy Balls are a piece of cake to make and are the ultimate snack. What’s not to like about a peanut buttery, chocolaty, fruity bite of goodness that’s legitimately healthy for you?? They double as breakfast on-the-go or a midday pick-me-up energizer!

energy balls with sunflower seeds on a wooden cutting board with a white and blue background

These On-the-Go Energy Balls are extremely versatile and can be altered to fit your taste and health preferences and will still taste dang good. It’s also one of those recipes that’s just perfect for cleaning out your pantry.

Every once in a while I’ll sort through my bin with dried fruits/nuts/seeds/etc. to see what I have going on, because usually I’ll buy a bag of something and use the majority of it but have a little left over.

This is the perfect opportunity to clean out those extras you’re never going to have any excuse to use anyways.

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energy balls on a wooden cutting board on a white and blue background

On-the-Go Energy Balls


  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen 1x

Description

On-the-Go Energy Balls are my favorite nutritious snack that my whole family loves! They’re perfect for busy mornings, after daycare snacks, or an evening treat.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (affiliate), chopped
  • 6 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup flax seed
  • 1 ½ cups dried cranberries
  • 2 18oz jars peanut butter (affiliate) (creamy or crunchy depending on your preference)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (affiliate)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (affiliate)
  • ½ cup honey (affiliate)

Instructions

  1. Throw chocolate chips, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, flax, and dried cranberries into a blender or food processor. Pulse until large chunks start to break up.
  2. Put oatmeal mixture in large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir until combined. If mixture is too crumbly to form into ball, add more peanut butter or honey until mixture starts to clump together.
  3. Roll into balls 1 inch in diameter.
  4. Keep in airtight container.

Notes

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.


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3 thoughts on “On-the-Go Energy Balls

  1. I made these today and they are super yummy! 2 questions: Do you store these in the fridge? Have you worked up the nutrition facts for these?

    1. Yay! Glad you tried them. I haven’t figured out nutrition facts yet, but that’s a really good suggestion!

    2. And to your question regarding the storage, no, I usually just store them in an airtight container. But, they would be fine in the fridge as well!

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