When the afternoon draws to a close and fatigue sets in, nothing beats an energizing snack to recharge the batteries. These oatmeal and dark chocolate energy balls are the perfect remedy for the afternoon slump. Made with quick-cooking rolled oats, dark chocolate chunks and various seeds, they are a source of fibre, protein and good fats. The maple syrup gives them a natural sweetness while the butter gives them a soft texture. Ready in the blink of an eye, they are ideal for the little cravings of the day and snacks on the go. Plus, their convenient size and delicious flavor make them a hit with kids and adults alike.
Oatmeal and dark chocolate energy balls
- 2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2-4 tablespoons of milk (if needed)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional, to add extra flavor)
- 1 pinch of salt (optional, to balance the sweetness)
In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, dark chocolate chunks, sunflower seeds and ground flax seeds.
In another bowl, combine the melted butter and maple syrup. Add vanilla and salt if using.
Pour the butter and maple syrup mixture over the oat mixture. Mix well until all ingredients are well combined. If the mixture is too dry, add a little milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is sticky enough to form balls.
Use your hands to form bite-sized balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate the energy balls for at least 30 minutes to firm them up. You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
These energy balls are a great snack for afternoons or on the go. They are full of good nutrients and are sweet enough to satisfy your sugar cravings. Enjoy your food!
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are these energy balls suitable for vegans?
Yes, you can replace the butter with coconut oil for a vegan version.
How long do these energy balls keep?
They will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Is it possible to freeze them?
Yes, you can freeze them and take them out a few minutes before eating them.
Can you substitute maple syrup?
Yes, you can use honey instead of maple syrup.
Can we add dried fruits or nuts?
Absolutely, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts or almonds can be a great addition.