When I was young, my dad would create “proton energy balls” by scooping out bites of apple with a melon baller. This snack fueled me with “remarkable energy,” or so I thought. The placebo-effect at its finest. Well, here is my grown up version of proton energy balls: Protein Energy Balls.
These make great on-the-go snacks and are a good use for those one or two bananas that are just a little too past their prime. You can also get creative with your add-ins. And, to top it all off, all ingredients can be found at Aldi – the most wallet-friendly grocery store, in my opinion.
Yields 25-30 one inch balls
2 ripe bananas
2/3 cup of your preferred nut/seed butter (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-4 Tbl honey (optional/personal for desired sweetness)
2 Tbl ground flax seed (Mine was not already ground, so I used our coffee grinder!)
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
Add-ins of your choice (Cocoa powder, raisins, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, etc)
1.Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the nut/seed butter, vanilla, and honey (if using) until smooth. It will seem soupy – that’s ok.
2. Add in the flax and chia seeds and oats. The batter should significantly thicken up here.
3.Stir in the add-in of your choice. However, if you’re like me and prefer having a variety of flavors, divide your add-ins into separate bowls, skip to step 4 and roll them into the add-in.
4.Wet hands slightly (the batter is very sticky) to form into balls the size of your choosing
5. Refrigerate & Eat up!
P.S. For this batch, I chose dried cranberries, raisins, coconut, and chocolate as my add-ins. For the chocolate flavor, you could mix in chocolate chips, but I prefer to use cocoa powder for a more overall chocolatey flavor. I just eye the amount of cocoa powder – better to start with a little and add though because cocoa powder can quickly become bitter… just speaking from experience. 😉
Other add-in ideas:
- Butterscotch chips
- White chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts
- Dried Fruit
- Cinnamon Sugar