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My first experience with balls

Good morning! I don’t have a What I Ate Wednesday post for you today because half my meals have been eaten standing up in the kitchen grazing, so I’ve been lacking in actual meals to share. Instead, I though I’d share the recipe for my first ever chocolate PB energy balls.

Everywhere I go I see balls. Get your head out of the gutter. I mean energy balls! Or, as they’re often called in Healthy-Blog Land, “no-bake energy bites.” Same thing. Does the adolescent in you do a little “tee hee” every time you talk about balls? Just me? Oh.

Anyway…

Let me tell you about the ones I made this weekend because they were freakin’ awesome. They taste like cookie dough and even better, they’re not terrible for you.

No-bake chocolate energy balls 3

There are a ton of recipes out there for balls like these and literally a million variations you can do. I searched around and found a bunch I liked, but in the end I made up my recipe as I went along. If you want some inspiration, here are some of the sites I’ve pinned or saved that feature some tasty looking balls (he he…sorry, I’ll stop):

Now on to my creation! As you may know, most of my recipes are born out of a desire to do as little work as possible. Because of this, I used stuff I always have in the kitchen.

No-bake chocolate energy balls 4

The one exception to this was the chopped dates, which I just happened to have a coupon for and grabbed at the store. I’m even too lazy to chop my own dates, so the fact that Sun-Maid would do it for me was even better!

You can make this with regular peanut butter, but I had some Dark Chocolate Dreams PB in my pantry and figured that would be a fun twist. My measurements are kind of approximate because as I mixed I was adjusting and sampling, but it’s pretty close.

Chocolate Dreams Energy Balls

Makes: 16-20 balls, depending on how you roll them and how much you eat before they get rolled.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter Co.)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Roll into small balls and chill for about an hour before eating. Enjoy!

No-bake chocolate energy balls

In case you’re interested, I got curious about the “healthy” factor and put this recipe into My Fitness Pal to check out the nutritional breakdown: Per serving: 118 calories, 16 grams carbs, 6 grams fat, 4 grams protein, 12 grams sugar, 1 gram fiber.

Based on the breakdown, I wouldn’t exactly say these are nutritional powerhouses, but they are really delicious. The peanut butter and chocolate combo is to die for, and the oats cut the sweetness just enough. I love the convenience of being able to just grab and go. They also make a great little dessert. In fact, I’d say they lean more towards the dessert side of things anyway. I love a good excuse to pretend I’m eating health food, though, even though they’re basically unbaked cookies. πŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoy them!

What’s your favorite no-bake energy bite? Feel free to share links!

Health food? Cookies? What’s your take on balls?

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14 thoughts on “My first experience with balls

  1. bahahaha false advertising in blog titles.

    I love no bake recipes- you realise how superior they are when you are without a functioning kitchen- which ironically is the sweet and salty no bake energy bites I recently posted for Davida’s link up..the things I do for that girl.

  2. Chocolate pb I’ve never seen that one!! Your balls look really yummy!! Las t year I made some, but I don’t remember from who. The fact was that they were delicious!!! Those tiny balls are so yummy! I’m a fan of eating healthier options when it comes to sweets. As a matter of fact, during the weekend I made black bean brownie πŸ˜€

  3. I bet a lot of people clicked on this and were a little disappointed but then excited to see how awesome these balls are πŸ˜‰ And I have all the ingredients in my pantry, double score!

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