Living in the Rocky Mountains certainly has its advantages. Being just minutes away from the slopes, naturally we find ourselves skiing the day away! For those long days of riding, we pack a bag or three of our homemade oatmeal energy balls! They’re the perfect way to keep up our energy!
Oatmeal balls provide long-lasting energy AND they’re packed to the brim with delicious ingredients! Each one provides protein and healthy fats that keep you feeling full—check out our lowdown on fats. They’re great for skiing, hiking, you name it. Keep a stash of these bite size energy balls handy for all your outdoor adventures!
Here’s one quality ingredient that provides protein and healthy fats. Remember chia pets? Those cat and dog shaped, green grass sprouting, terracotta figurines sprout from the very same chia seeds. Weird as it sounds, those little black and white seeds are super nutrient dense, and best of all, they’re edible!
Chia seeds fall within the mint family, and boast some impressive stats per tablespoon!
- 5 1/2 grams of fiber
- 2 grams of protein
- 2 1/2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids
Wow! Small seeds with a big impact!
Quick, Easy and Energy-dense!
Oatmeal energy balls are packed with filling and nutrient-dense ingredients—keeping you satisfied during your activity of choice! Oatmeal, peanut butter, chia seeds, ground flax, walnuts and chocolate chips! It’s a delicious combination! The perfect snack to take on the go, especially for activities like skiing and hiking! Enjoy friends!
Scrumptious and portable! These bite-sized energy balls are the perfect snack for long days on the mountain. And of course a yummy after-school snack!
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey or agave
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup craisins
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, stir to combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Add remaining ingredients: oats, ground flax, chia seeds, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
- Let sit in fridge for about 30 minutes (this makes it easier to roll into balls).
- Remove from fridge and roll into about 1″ balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. (If they’ll even last that long! Ours disappear in a day or two…)
SUBSTITUTION: Feel free to play around with the ingredients as you’d like.
- Use another nut butter (almond butter, sunbutter, cashew butter, soybutter) instead of peanut butter. Check out our homemade peanut butter and almond butter recipes!
- Use agave or maple syrup instead of honey (note: I have not tested maple syrup so I can’t vouch that it will turn out the same. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!)
- Feel free to use other add-ins, like chopped dates, apricots, raisins, or other nuts. Experiment!
Just remember to adjust as needed. If it’s too dry, add a bit more peanut butter or honey. If it’s too sticky, add more oats.
I rolled these into 1-inch balls, but you can make them bigger or smaller. Or even flatten them on a baking pan and make them into bars!
TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE: Make sure to use certified gluten-free ingredients
TO MAKE VEGAN: Use agave instead of honey and make sure to use vegan chocolate chips or omit chocolate chips.