So, how is everyone doing on their healthy eating plan? Whether you have been working on New Year’s resolutions or diet and fitness goals, most of us are focused on getting back to healthier eating this month. I have been doing pretty good so far. I kicked off the first few days of the month with a juice cleanse, and have been eating healthy breakfasts and nourishing lunches full of fresh vegetables and leafy greens. However, I have had some challenges – namely that 3-4 o’clock hour when the kids are home from school and want a snack. Inevitably, they crave something salty while my stomach is pleading for something sweet. These energy snack balls are the perfect combination of both. They are packed with super foods like flaxseed and hemp hearts, and full of hearty comfort foods like oats and almond butter. The “glue” in these snack bites is maple syrup and a dash of Himalayan pink sea salt. I have stirred in mini dairy-free chocolate chips and sunflower seeds for crunch and to also heighten that savory/sweet combination.
I like to make a batch of these energy snack balls on Sundays when I am doing the rest of my batch cooking for the week. They keep well for the whole week in an airtight container, (although there are never any left by the end of the week!) You really only need one to satisfy that afternoon tummy grumble. It pairs nicely with a cup of tea, (deterring me from that glass of wine I really want at the end of the night. Tea is so much more civilized!) These really need to be refrigerated, as the almond butter “melts” when they sit out, so they aren’t ideal for packing in lunch boxes, but they are great for after school snacks. Serve them up with some sliced fruit for a quick and easy snack for the kids.
In my latest cooking video, I show you how easy it is to make these energy snack balls. You do it all in one bowl. Hooray for easy clean up! Take a look and let me know what you think.
I hope your family enjoys this recipe, and if you do make it, be sure to tag #VeegMama. It makes my day to see what you are cooking!
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup almond butter (softened)
- 1 TBL maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
- 2 TBL flaxseed
- 1/4 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (roasted and unsalted)
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- 2. Stir well.
- 3. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, form 1 inch balls with the dough and roll until smooth. Place on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for an hour.
- 4. Transfer to an airtight container, and keep in the fridge until ready to eat.
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