No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Balls - These delicious, bite-sized treats are packed full of nutrition, including walnuts, oats, and dates. Pop one or two in your mouth when you need a boost!
As a mom of four, I'm forever making food for one of the kids.
Luckily, Jade and Nat can make some of their own food, but with Sam and Miki, the kitchen door is constantly revolving.
No-bake treats come up often as a fast and easy way to get some nutrition in the kids' bellies and still have them enjoy what they're eating!
Eating raw oats
I find that adding oats to an energy ball recipe helps to cut the fat a bit and add some fiber.
Oats also add a good amount of resistant starch, which is good for colon health.
I recently did a stool test that showed I had very little butyrate and small chain fatty acids in my colon, and one of the 'remedies' is to increase my resistant starch intake.
Raw oats, green bananas, and day-old rice are the primary ways in which I've been doing just that!
I mix the oats with walnuts, which are high in fat, and lend a creaminess to the recipe without adding oil.
Sugar content of energy balls
One has to take care when consuming these types of treats. Trust me, I know!
You can quickly go from, 'oh, wow, I feel great!' to 'mehhhh, I'm tired...'.
Assuming you make ten energy balls from this recipe, each one is around six grams of sugar (a teaspoon is four grams, for reference).
Essentially, when you eat two of these balls, you're taking in nearly one tablespoon of sugar grams.
Dates can be tricky that way. They have a high fiber content, but it is important to watch how many you eat. This is especially true if you have blood sugar or candida issues.
Savor each one like a delectable piece of chocolate!
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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Balls
- ½ cup oats
- ⅔ cup raw walnuts
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 9 large soft Medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 2 Tablespoon cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
- Process oats into flour.
- Add walnuts and salt and process until fine.
- Add in the dates, along with the remaining ingredients (expect the chocolate).
- Process until well combined.
- Pulse in nibs or chips last so they retain their shape.
- Form balls (it is advantageous to use wet hands here, as the dough can stick to your fingers a bit).
- Freeze for about 10 minutes.
Use cacao nibs to keep your sugar content lower.