Snack with a purpose! Chocolate Chip Energy balls are perfect for snacking and kids love them as much as adults. These are a handy snack to have at work too! They are quick to eat and no messy cleanup.
Sometimes healthy snacking is easier said than done…right? These little chocolate chip energy balls are a great start to smart snacking. Pack them along on hikes, bike rides, play dates at the park or wherever your plans take you.
I like to have a little “pick-me-up” mid-morning and in the afternoon, and these healthy energy balls do just that! They have fiber and protein to stabilize my blood sugar and are just sweet enough to satisfy my sweet craving too.
There are so many fun flavors and textures going on in these chocolate chip energy balls and they all blend perfectly together.
Sneaking Healthy Ingredients In Snacks:
If you haven’t had the opportunity to try cacao nibs and goji berries…why not start with these? Cacao nibs and goji berries are considered superfoods. They both have a healthy amount of antioxidants and fiber.
Cacao nibs are a great source of magnesium, potassium, and flavonoids. Goji berries are surprisingly high in protein and vitamin A. I found this is interesting…they are a low-sugar option to substitute for other dried fruits.
Are you counting weight watcher points? No problem, these energy balls might work out great for you having just 3 points plus each.
These energy balls are great options for gluten-free diets too, just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
Enjoy and stay energized! Try these tasty energy bites too, Date With A Fig Energy Bites.
Chocolate Chip - Quinoa Energy Balls with Goji Berries & Cacao Nibs
- 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats gluten-free if needed
- 3/4 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 1/3 cups unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup peanut butter I prefer to use a natural type. Other types of nut butter are fine as well.
- 1 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup honey ~ pure maple syrup for Low FODMAP
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup ~ or use 2/3 cup pure maple syrup for vegans and Low FODMAP
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips I used an allergy-friendly brand, Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips.
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine peanut butter, honey and/or pure maple syrup and vanilla in a small bowl. Add peanut butter mixture to oat mixture, stir well. I often use my hands at this point to ensure everything is mixed. (gloves help at this point…it can get a little sticky)
- Shape into balls using about 1 1/2 Tbsp of mixture per ball. Refrigerate to store especially if you used natural peanut butter. If you are like me and make a double batch so there are extra on hand, freeze for longer storage.