No Bake, Grain Free Energy Balls

No bake grain free energy balls
Grain free energy balls

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!

Simple Ingredients

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.

Kid Approved!

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

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 12 small energy balls

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine all the coconut flakes, flax seeds, and chocolate chips into a bowl and mix.

  2. Combine the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla into a large bowl.

  3. Mix the the dry and wet ingredients together.

  4. Cool for at least 30 minutes.

  5. Using your hands, round mixture into one inch balls.

  6. Store in the refrigerator.

Let me know what you think or what you would change!

Camping Cocktails

Who is getting ready for camping season? We have a few trips on the books, and I’m to ready get out there. Last year, we camped with another family, and started a new tradition-camping cocktails!

For each campsite, we picked a different cocktail. Much effort went into the decision, basing the cocktail on the area and the campsite. Before each trip, we would either get together or text about which cocktail to make. Then we would divide up the shopping for ingredients.

Pomegranate Mojito

Our first camping cocktail was at Turquoise Lake. We decided that a blue drink was not necessary and didn’t sound that appealing. So we went with more of tropical vibe, and had a pomegranate mojito. Although with no rum, it was more like a martini. We went with this recipe here.

camping cocktails
My son was going through an attachment phase so you will notice he is every picture. This is how we spent most of the camping trip.

Cowgirl Cooler

For our trip to Curt Gowdy in Wyoming, we wanted something with a Western feel, but neither of us are too fond of whiskey. We found this recipe called Cowgirl Cooler. It was right up our alley for the Fourth of July weekend. The lemonade made it a perfect summery drink.

camping cocktails
Curt Gowdy and Cowgirl Coolers

Mango Margarita

Our last trip of the summer was to Rosy Lane in Almont near Crested Butte. This is my favorite mountain town, and if I had to pick a word to describe it, I would use majestic. This mango margarita seemed to fit the bill. We used this Easy Mango Margarita recipe from Salt and Lavender.

camping cocktails
Last camping cocktail of the summer.

Overall the Cowgirl Cooler was my favorite cocktail, and also my favorite camping trip of last summer. Perhaps the two go hand in hand.

Do you have any camping or summer traditions?