These energy balls basically taste like oatmeal cookie dough…that’s good for you! Everyone in the family is bound to go nuts over these!
Confession: whenever I’ve made cookies in my whole entire life, I’ve always sampled the (raw) dough. Oops! And yes, this held true even after I was taking all of my food safety courses in college and becoming ServSafe certified! It’s just so irresistible! But, alas, with pregnancy I’ve been trying to really be mindful of any potential food pathogens as baby comes first!
That said, when I was daydreaming about flavor combos for an energy ball recipe, it hit me! The texture of energy balls already resembles that of cookie dough so what more perfect flavor inspiration did I need?! I decided on a good ol’ oatmeal cookie flavor profile. I used almond butter, but you can certainly use peanut butter or cashew butter, or whatever you have on hand! I also tested out the recipe two ways: one with raisins (for that classic oatmeal cookie vibe) and one with chocolate (because….chocolate).
(If you can’t make up your mind which add-in you want, you can mix all the ingredients to form the “dough” then split into two batches. In one batch add 1/4 cup of raisins and in the other batch add 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.)
These little energy balls make a pretty nutritious snack too. You’ve got fiber (from the oats), protein (almond butter), healthy fats (unsweetened coconut, almond butter), and that sweetness from the raisins or chocolate chips and a little maple syrup that totally takes the edge off that afternoon sweet tooth.
Let me know if you give them a go! Have a great day and be well!