I think one of the hardest things is not having a healthy, balanced and nourishing breakfast, lunch or dinner, but making sure you still stay on track when the hunger pangs hit mid morning or afternoon and resisting reaching out for the crisps or chocolate bars!
I always try to make sure I have a few options in my bag to go to if these times hit (and they do, a lot!), but I like to make sure I’m mix it up and still give my body things that will tie me over until my next meal. If I’m not too hungry I usually go for some crudités and dip or a piece of fruit, but if I know that’s just not going to hit the spot, these No Bake Energy Balls are the bomb with a cuppa coffee!
Packed full of fibre with the ground flaxseed, oats and chia seeds, healthy fats with the coconut and almond butter, as well as some chocolate… I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate!?! Coz these are full of so many nutrients, one of these bad boys will usually do the job and fill you up, but they’re so tasty it’s hard to stop at just one!
These can be a little messy when assembling as everything gets quite sticky, but all it requires is chucking it all together, mixing it all up, rolling them out, then shove them in a fridge to set…EASY! Go on, you know you want to….
No Bake Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes Cook Time: 0 Servings: 15 – 20 balls, dependant on size rolled
- 1 1/2 cup oats (use gluten free if required)
- 1/2 cup flaxseed, ground
- 1/2 cup almond butter (you can make your own, but I like to use Meridian Foods)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 – 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or dessicated coconut, toasted lightly
- 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, cut into chunks or use choc chips
- 1 – 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 25g mix of dried cranberries, strawberries and raisins (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl
- Form the mixture into 1″ balls and place on a baking sheet (if the mixture isn’t holding, add more nut butter or honey)
- Cover and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set