Even when you are committed to a healthy diet, sometimes you just need to satisfy your sweet tooth. When I was younger, I would have just grabbed a candy bar. Now that I endeavor to eat healthy, I make a healthy snack recipe like this one Peanut Chocolate Energy Balls.
Reminiscent of those no bake cookies that you probably had as a child, these no bake energy balls are a healthy improvement. The no bake cookies involved making a sugary chocolate syrup. My Peanut Chocolate Energy Balls use dark chocolate to satisfy your cravings while providing a good dose of antioxidants at the same time. I used honey instead of refined sugar. In addition these yummy little treats have flax seed with their heart-healthy omega 3’s and no sugar-added peanut butter.
This recipe do not involve the stove at all, so kids of all ages can help make them. In fact, older kids can probably make them all by themselves.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I use fresh ground with no added oil or sugar)
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 – 3 oz dark chocolate bar (I use Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with 88% Cocoa. Look for bars that have 70% or higher cocoa, with a natural sweetener, and minimal ingredients)
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
In a large bowl, cream peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
In a food processor, whiz the dark chocolate bar until you have tiny chunks left. (Some will be powdered, which is fine. It helps incorporate the chocolate flavor throughout.)
Add chocolate and remaining ingredients to the bowl. Mix well. Refrigerate for an hour to allow mixture to firm up. Shape into 1 inch balls.
Store in the refrigerator between layers of waxed paper. Makes approx. 32 no bake energy balls.
4.7 grams fat
1.9 grams fiber
(If you can eat just one, I applaud your will power!)
Or a more realistic serving size – 3 balls:
- 243 calories
- 14.1 grams fat
- 5.7 grams fiber
The fat content is a little high, but the majority of it is from healthy fats contributed by the flaxseed and nuts. So don’t let the number scare you off. Despite what has been drilled into our heads over the past 20 or so years, your body needs healthy fats to function properly and absorb fat-soluble nutrients.
We like to make these Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Balls and pop some popcorn for a healthy treat during family movie nights. So tell me… What healthy sweet snacks do you make for your family?