08 21 2014.

hiking snack: oatmeal energy balls

Spice & Dice - Oatmeal Energy Balls

Energy balls have become a classic. They’re so easy to make and yet so delicious. They’re the perfect balance between sweet and salty which makes them really easy to eat – and they’ve got so many healthy ingredients that you can snack guilt-free.

Spice & Dice - Oatmeal Energy Balls

Spice & Dice - Oatmeal Energy Balls

Spice & Dice - Oatmeal Energy Balls

I make these oatmeal balls before every hike I go on. Depending on the length of the hike, I often find myself getting hungry on the way to the top. Not wanting to stop for too long, I grab an energy ball out of my pack and continue on while munching. One or two of these can sustain me for quite a while!

Spice & Dice - Oatmeal Energy Balls

These oatmeal balls aren’t just for hiking, though. I make up a small batch at the beginning of the week and bring a few to work each day. They’re a perfect 10:30am pick-me-up and they also go great with coffee. I was recently talking to a close friend of mine about these and she informed me that her ultrarunner boyfriend brings something similar to eat while running his ultramarathons.

Spice & Dice - Oatmeal Energy Balls

Spice & Dice - Oatmeal Energy Balls

Oatmeal Energy Balls

yields: 18-20 oatmeal balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Stir well, making sure to mix the dry ingredients with the wet until the peanut butter and honey coat the oats.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll the mixture into little balls using your (clean) hands.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. They also keep well at room temperature.

5 Comments

  1. I’m going to try this recipe and exchange the honey for maple syrup. Where do you get mini dark chocolate chips? I always use dark chocolate, but have never seen the minis.

  2. I made these and they were delicious as a trail mix consistency. Reminds me of a mix between a peanut butter cookie and oatmeal cookie without the guilt. I couldn’t get the balls to stick together, however. Also, the picture shows sea salt. How much sea salt is suggested in this recipe? Thank you for sharing.

    • Kelsey @ Spice & Dice

      I generally go by taste! I added roughly 1/4 tsp. salt since my peanut butter was salted. I’d recommend adding more if you’re using unsalted peanut butter.

  3. Any tips on making these hold together? My mixture is loose & does not hold together. I added a bit of extra peanut butter before chilling, when I noticed that the mixture wasn’t very wet, but apparently it didn’t do the trick.

    • Kelsey @ Spice & Dice

      My recommendation would be to add some more honey! More peanut butter is great, too, but the honey is the “sticky stuff”

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