Thursday, April 28, 2016

Anna's Oat, Honey, Flax Seed & Coconut Energy Balls

Energy balls are pretty much the perfect compact snack, offering a quick and convenient on-the-go breakfast or pick-me-up before or after a heavy workout. Healthy and delicious, this no-bake recipe can be made in minutes using just a few simple ingredients. Just mix everything together in a bowl, roll into little bite size balls and chill in the fridge for a few hours. My sister-in-law Anna, who introduced me to these little bite size boosters, makes them with oats, toasted coconut, ground flax, honey, chocolate chips and macadamia butter, however she's also uses peanut, almond and hazelnut butters with equally great results. Rich in protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, these energy balls are guilt-free and devilishly-good — it's a potent combination!

Anna's Oat, Honey, Flax Seed & Coconut Power Balls
Makes 20-25 balls

1 cup quick cooking or gluten-free oats 
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter, or other: almond, hazelnut or macadamia
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup honey 
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until blended. Cover and refrigerate the batter for at least 30 minutes, then scoop or roll into 1-inch bite size balls. They can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to a 6 months. 

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