Balls of energy.
This healthy, no-bake power balls recipe makes a great, high-protein snack with a satisfying dose of energy-boosting ingredients. Make a batch and vary them up as you like!
Meet This Recipe for Oatmeal Power Balls
Lately, I have been craving some new, nutritious snacks. I tend to go for the same things over and over in the snack department: homemade popcorn, an apple and peanut butter, random leftovers, and the like.
I wanted something new. Something that I could just grab from the fridge, but packed a nutritious punch of fiber and protein to help keep me full. And that’s how these no-bake oatmeal power balls were created.
Nutty, chewy, and full of rolled oats, seeds, and just enough sweetness, these power balls may look plain, but taste anything but. Best of all? You can adapt your power balls endlessly with add-ins like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, white chocolate chips, honey, maple syrup, dates, dried cranberries, and more.
Are energy balls (power balls) good for you?
“Good for you” is a bit of a squishy term. But if healthy and “good for you” means low-sugar, high-protein, unprocessed, and full of fiber and essential nutrients, then this power balls recipe definitely fits the bill! Here’s why:
Rolled oats contain two types of fiber. Almond butter has protein, vitamins like vitamin E, healthy fats, and minerals. Chia and flax seeds add bulk and further nutrition like omega-3 and soluble fiber, just to name a few benefits.
How to make this healthy power balls recipe
This no-bake power balls recipe is super simple, and requires exactly one normal-sized bowl.
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and mix. Taste for your preferred sweetness.
- Adjust the texture as necessary because some almond butter brands are more runny than others.
- Scoop into individual balls. Roll, and chill.
How long will these energy balls keep?
Covered and refrigerated, these protein energy balls will keep in the fridge for about a week. They also freeze well.
How to adapt this protein-packed power ball recipe
This power ball recipe should serve primarily as a template. You can adapt your protein balls in many ways. Here are some ideas for some power ball substitutions and add-ins:
- Substitute peanut butter for almond butter for a different flavor
- Substitute chia and flax seeds for hemp seeds
- Add in chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chopped dates, raisins, or dried cranberries
- Adjust the sweetness by experimenting with different types and quantities of sweetener, such as maple syrup, honey, or agave.
Like this protein-packed oatmeal power balls recipe? You’ll also like these other nutritious bites:
Almond Oatmeal Power Balls
- 1/3 cup unsweetened, unsalted almond butter, stirred
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons assorted seeds, such as chia, hemp, or flax (preferably as flax meal)
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon natural sweetener, such as honey, maple syrup, or agave (to taste)
- 1/4 cup add-ins of choice (optional), such as: chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, chopped dates, shredded coconut, and the like
- In a mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, oatmeal, seeds, salt, vanilla, and sweetener. Pro tip: Start with one teaspoon of sweetener and stir more into the mixture from there, to taste. You can always add more, but you can't take it out!
- Stir in any additional mix-ins. The texture should be like thick cookie dough, and hold together. If it seems too loose, add a little more oatmeal. If it's too dry, add a bit more almond butter.
- Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop into bite-sized rounds. Roll the scoops with your hands to hold them together a bit more and shape them evenly.
- Place into an airtight container and chill for at least 20 to 30 minutes to set. These will keep in the fridge for about a week.