I struggled with an accurate name for this post because these little treats could be called ‘protein balls’ or ‘energy balls’ or ‘amaze balls’ – they’re really all the things. They’re also kid-approved (for assistance and taste, as seen below), so we’re just checking all the boxes here.
I like a snack that is quick, easy, portable, and semi-healthy (I also like fries, and accept 3/4 for them because they win in the deliciousness category). These granola balls are packed full of nutrient-rich, satiating foods like nuts, oats, and dates plus tons of superfoods like maca, cacao, and moringa – you’re getting a lot of punch packed into a single bite.
My advice: make a big batch of these on Sunday to snack on throughout the week (or until like, Monday afternoon. Whatever. They’re so good). Grab when you need a pick-me-up before working out, if you are running out the door with no time for breakfast, as an after-school treat; basically any time you need a legitimate snack that delivers on the ‘yum’ and the convenience factors.
If you have kids, now is the time you ask them to help you out. There’s a lot of pouring and button-pushing involved, and kids really seem to nail both of those things (with minimizing the epic mess potential that usually comes with kids ‘helping’).
Reason #79 I love this recipe: everything just gets dumped into one vessel to mix (in this case, a food processor or blender). Add all your ingredients to that container (unless you’re adding ‘optional’ chocolate chips and/or dried fruit. Those hang back for now). Pulse until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Once you’ve mixed, you will end up with a granola-ish texture. Dump into a bowl (or just take the blade out and use your pitcher/food processor. But, for real – TAKE. THE. BLADE. OUT.)
Fold in chocolate chips or dried fruit if using (or, you can split the batch and add to half. This is what I did for ours – I added chocolate chips to Reese’s half because #chocolateoneverything). Squeeze gently/roll a handful of granola mixture in your hand to form a ball. Repeat for entire mixture. You should have about two dozen (depending on how big your balls are…Come on. You had to know that was coming.) Refrigerate in a container with a lid when finished.
That’s it! Enjoy your efforts…
…and don’t care if you have peanut butter on your teeth. 😉
GF Granola Balls Recipe:
Plant based protein powder (I like this one or this one )
Other elixir (like this )
Dark chocolate chips (start with 1/4 C and add as needed)
Dried fruit (cranberries, etc)
Other superfoods (goji berries, hemp seeds, etc)
*Can use any type of nut butter – I just prefer combining the two (i.e. you can use all peanut butter, a mix of cashew/almond, etc)
*Can also use any type of nut – almond, cashew, macadamia, walnut, peanut, etc – may change the flavor slightly depending on nut selection.