These no bake, grain free energy balls make a great breakfast, snack or dessert. The protein and fat will fuel you through any hike, bike ride, or other at-length exercise. Although, unless you can keep them cool, I wouldn’t recommend bringing them with you. Since they are peanut butter based, they are best kept cool to keep their shape. To bring them camping, I’d recommend freezing them beforehand, then storing them in the cooler. They are sure to be a hit with everyone!
Look at the ingredient list for most protein bars and granola bars on the market. There is a long list of ingredients and many ingredients that don’t sound quite like food. I love that with these no bake, grain free energy balls you know exactly what you are eating which is so reassuring as a mom. And they are tasty so its a win win.
My kids love these as “cookies” too. They asked if we could make them together but didn’t understand why they didn’t need to be put in the oven. Anything with peanut butter and chocolate chips is likely to be a hit in our house. Quite a few chocolate chips also went missing in the process.
Lots of Variations
There are tons of recipes out there for any type of no bake energy balls. In the past, I’ve made them with oatmeal, but I wanted to try a grain free version. So I looked at a bunch of recipes and just came up with this one. With that in mind, you can amend this recipe with anything you think might add to it or of course take away anything you don’t like. Some variations could include raisins, protein powder, different types of nut butters like almond or macadamia nut or even M&M’s.
No Bake, Grain Free, Energy Balls
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips I prefer dark chocolate chips, but you could use any type.
- 1/8 cup flax seeds
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine all the coconut flakes, flax seeds, and chocolate chips into a bowl and mix.
Combine the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla into a large bowl.
Mix the the dry and wet ingredients together.
Cool for at least 30 minutes.
Using your hands, round mixture into one inch balls.
Store in the refrigerator.
Let me know what you think or what you would change!