I must be craving peanut butter, because I have two new versions of energy balls to tell you about. Dr. Oz dessert balls and No Bake Energy Balls.
Recently Dr. Oz told a sugar-craver that she should melt dark chocolate into peanut butter and then roll it into balls to enjoy as a dessert. “This sounds like the peanut butter balls I used to make for my children,” I mused to Zoe-the-Dog.
Yes, first I need to remind you of an earlier post with two kinds of peanut butter balls: http://www.nanaclareskitchen.com/2011/12/05/dueling-peanut-butter-balls/I blogged about them awhile back. The balls rolled in coconut are the ones my kids enjoyed, but you don’t have to use coconut. (Note to my sister Cecelia who detests the sight, smell and taste of all things coconut.)
When my kids were young, I often made the peanut butter balls and kept them around for those hectic afternoons. I stored them in the fridge and brought them along to soccor, baseball or football practices or on the way to flute lessons.(Now my grandkids can enjoy them on the way to activities: Horseback riding lessons for Maddy, track for Liam and surfing for Sophia and Clare.) We varied them, but kept the basic peanut butter-honey taste.
But back to our new balls of energy.
I whipped up a few of Dr. Oz’s dessert balls by blending 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter with 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips. (Couldn’t find exact measures on his site so I played around with the proportions.) I melted them, stirred and then chilled the bowl. When they were mostly firm, I rolled them into 8 balls.
dr oz dessert balls
chill till firm
scoop into small balls
Dr Oz dessert balls
Yes, the Dr. Oz dessert balls were delicious, but the No Bake Energy Ball recipe includes more fiber and nutrients and they’re not quite as messy, so hang in there with me.
While we were in Florida recently, my daughter-in-law Kara, said that she recently found a recipe for “No Bake Energy Balls” that she whipped up and then the whole family went into an eating frenzy. (Warning: don’t eat too many unless you have really good reading material in the bathroom.)
I found the original post for these delectable balls on Smashed Peas and Carrots. Smashed Peas and Carrots: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2011/08/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe.html
chill 30 minutes
scoop into balls
perhaps limit to one...
...or limit to two
dip in cocoa powder
The No Bake Energy Balls were posted several years ago on Smashed Peas and Carrots, but have had a consistent following, judging from all the comments. So I had to try them. And yes, as soon as I made them, I started thinking of variations, which I can’t wait to try in the near future. I added the butterscotch chips and later rolled some in unsweetened cocoa powder to bump up the chocolate taste.
1 cup quick oats
½ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut
½ cup flax seed meal
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup mini chocolate chips
¼ cup butterscotch chips – optional
1-2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder – optional
Mix in a bowl, cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll or scoop into balls
To add more chocolate flavor, roll lightly in cocoa powder.
Keeps one week in a covered container in the fridge.
These can be made in minutes with no cooking or baking and contain as many high nutrient ingredients as you like. They’re also gluten-free and dairy free. And if you have peanut allergies, try almond butter. If you don’t want chocolate chips, use dried fruit or nuts.