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The Energy Ball, That Will Win Them All

These balls!! These balls are the bomb-diggity! Looking for a snack to add to the school lunch roster? Look no further. Here’s one that you AND your kids will love. These balls of delicious goodness are jam-packed with healthy ingredients to make a satisfying and satiating snack in lunches, on the go, or at home.

I don’t have a recipe, but that makes it more fun! No two batches are ever the same in my house. Below are some of the delicious ingredients you will find in mine – chia seeds, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, puffed quinoa, mini chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, and unsweetened coconut.

Here’s how you can make your own version of these:

Step 1: Raid your local bulk food store for your favorite ingredients.  Don’t forget natural peanut butter (or a peanut-free alternative) and whole oats.

Step 2: Find some ripe, mushy bananas. I usually buy a bunch of bananas every few weeks, let them ripen on the counter (so they are starting to brown on the outside) and then peel and store them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.  Take out 2-3 and either let defrost in the fridge overnight or microwave if using right away. Mush with a fork before adding the rest of ingredients.

Step 3: Make the balls! It’s really that simple. Start with the mushed banana and add the peanut butter or peanut-free alternative (about 1 cup). This will be your base. Add the oats and the rest of the ingredients, as desired. I usually add about ¼ cup of 3-4 other ingredients. You can use milk or an unsweetened plant-based beverage to find the right consistency if you add too many dry ingredients. Roll into balls!

Step 4 (optional): Bake the balls for about 15-20 min at 375 ̊F. You can also eat unbaked. Sometimes I roll in unsweetened coconut if I’m feeling fancy.

Step 5: EAT ONE! Challenge – try stopping at just one (trust me – it’s not easy). Refrigerate or freeze the rest. The great thing about these is you can make a huge batch and freeze for lunches and quick and easy snacks on the go.

Enjoy!

Jenn Giurgevich is a Registered Dietitian and former contract Professor at Brescia University College with a wealth of nutrition knowledge. Over the last 10+ years, Jenn has paired her love for nutrition and health with her undeniable love for fitness, working as both a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

 

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