Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rainy Day Recipe: Energy Balls


I have pinned quite a few energy ball recipes recently as I had some granola with pomegranate that my kids simply would not eat and a tropical trail mix that they kept pushing to the back of the pantry. I figured if I mixed it all into a quasi-healthy, ooey-gooey treat, we'd all win if they ate it.


And so here is the basic recipe I came up with (be sure to read on for the very many variations you can do with this recipe...)

1 cup granola
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 cup trail mix (mine was dried fruits and sunflower seeds)
2 tsp vanilla
Here, I melted me honey in the microwave enough to make it pourable... it's a bit cold in my house so it was a brick. Mix everything above until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls! You might want plastic gloves or baggies on your hands, but mine really did not stick to my hands at all. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. I found they taste better after they have stored for a day and gotten nice and chewy.

Now, this recipe is SO very versatile, you can switch out the ingredients so may different ways...

Switch the granola for oatmeal (steel cut, old fashioned or quick cook will all work).
Switch the peanut butter for Nutella, almond butter, any nut butter, really.
Switch the 1 1/2 cups trail mix for... anything really:

Coconut
Chocolate chips (mini work well)
broken up cereal bits
raisins
I used 1/2 cup ground flax seed once plus 1 cup of my trail mix
dried berries
chopped nuts
use a portion of protein powder as part of your 1 1/2 cups and make them "protein bars"

You can also switch the honey for agave nectar

They can be a challenge to form in balls if your ingredients are too big (such as full sized chocolate chips) so I had cut some of my trail mix dried fruit down a bit. They may not seem to form perfectly, but if you really squish the balls together and then refrigerate, they will hold perfectly. And after the ingredients are incorporated, they have a sort of cookie dough consistency...

...which my kids LOVED! This is one thing (aside from chocolate chip cookies) that I have created in my house that all 5 people LOVE. Seriously. The kids have been begging for them and my husband said, "These are really good."

Enjoy, but be careful... they are addictive!

2 comments:

  1. OK. I'm pinning this. We typically have all of these items on hand and I think everyone will enjoy the treat.

    Thanks for another great idea!

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    1. Well, Nap Mom, you are my first comment reply within my blog that I am trying, so let me know if it works! :-) You will have to send me your Pinterest info so I can follow you! And, beware with the balls... they seemed kind of hard to get together at first, but they really stuck well after refrigerated.

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