These five ingredient energy balls are absolutely delicious, made in a snap with wholesome pantry staples: Oats, almond butter, banana, maple syrup, and cinnamon, then dipped in a quick two ingredient chocolate topping!
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Adult and Kid Friendly Snacks
My kids are quite literally ALWAYS asking me for a snack. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth myself (although I’m obsessed with my Blueberry Chia Pudding), but I’m talking two minutes after we finish a meal, they’re right there, begging for something sweet to eat. Can you relate?
Thankfully, I have a solution! I keep a few super simple, grab-and-go snacks on hand, like these Almond Butter and Banana Energy Balls. They LOVE them any time of day, so when the snack question inevitably comes up, I just tell them to take a few.
This recipe is a much cleaner option than a lot of store bought granola bars or granola mixes, which are often filled with sugar, corn syrup, and more stuff that really isn’t necessary.
Plus these energy balls have one of my all-time favorite flavor combos— Almond Butter and Banana! It reminds me of being a kid, when my mom would make peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Once they’re dipped in a bit of chocolate, you’ve got yourself one of the best and easiest treats of all time!
Since there’s no baking required, they’re easy enough for kids (and kids at heart) to make!
These energy balls are made with only five ingredients! On any given day, I have all of them on hand, which means no special trip to the grocery store. Here’s what you need:
- Rolled Oats. If you’re following a gluten free diet, make sure to check that your brand is certified gluten free.
- Banana: Choose a banana that has brown and black spots on it. It’ll be nice and soft and extra sweet!
- Almond Butter: I like to use crunchy almond butter from Georgia Grinders, but any type of almond butter you prefer will work great. Just be sure to check for those sneaky added sugars and oils that can sometimes be added to nut butter! You can also substitute peanut butter, if that’s what you prefer or that’s what you have.
- Maple Syrup or Honey: Either one of these sticky and sweet choices will work wonderfully!
- Cinnamon or substitute baking spice.
- Chocolate Chips
- Coconut Oil
Optional Ingredients. I think these would be an absolutely wonderful addition to the energy balls. If you’d like to, add any combination of the following, up to 2 tablespoons total, to the oat mixture:
- Mini chocolate chips
- Chopped almonds
Making the Recipe
No baking is required to make these fabulous treats! They come together by simply mixing the ingredients together and forming into balls, then dipping in the chocolate sauce. Here’s how to make it, step by step.
- Smash the banana with a fork.
- Measure out the ingredients and add them to a bowl.
- Mix well, using a fork to make sure the peanut butter and banana are combined in the mixture well.
- Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes. This gives the oats some time to absorb a little bit of the liquid, and it lets the mixture firm up too.
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into 10 to 12 even balls.
- Gently warm the chocolate chips and coconut oil, and stir until smooth. Dip each energy ball into the chocolate mixture to coat and set back onto a dish until it hardens.
Transfer the balls to an airtight container and store, covered in the refrigerator, for 3-5 days.
Transfer the balls to a ziplock bag, squeezing as much air out as possible. Freeze for 2-3 months.
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Almond Butter & Banana Energy Balls
Almond Butter & Banana Oat Balls
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 banana
- 3 Tbsp almond butter
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon or substitute baking spice
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp raisins or dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp chopped almonds
- Peel and smash the banana with a fork. Measure out the remaining energy ball ingredients and add them to a bowl.
- Mix well, using a fork to blend the peanut butter and banana into the mixture and combined it well. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes to chill.
- Use your hands or a mini scoop to roll the mixture into 10 to 12 even balls.
- In a small dish, gently warm the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, and stirring until melted and smooth.
- Dip each energy ball into the chocolate mixture to coat and set back onto a dish until it hardens. Enjoy right away or store in the refrigerator for later.