DIY: Choco-Peanut Energy Balls

I love snacking. I really do. I doubt I’m alone in this one, but there’s nothing like a lil foodie treat to keep you going during the day, or to use as a deadline motivator (When I was writing my dissertation last year I’d reward myself with treats for every 1000 words I wrote). So today, in honour of getting our craft on and also in honour of many requests to reveal this recipe, I thought I’d share with you my how to make my favourite snack: choco-peanut energy balls. These guys are super easy and take like 10 minutes to make, so even a complete creative beginner can get involved. They’re also tasty, customisable and generally a lot healthier than most things you might pick up in the corner shop, whilst still providing you with that snacky goodness.

The recipe below is a batch recipe: I make a whole load of these at once, store them in the fridge and then take them to work with me through the week (and beyond). A lot of these ingredients I have at home in bulk sizes, so I can make these fairly often with no fuss, and always have a snack ready to go. Additionally I would recommend using cacao powder for a healthier option, however when moving house recently I found loads of dark chocolate cocoa powder that I forgot I owned. So, in the spirit of fighting pointless food waste, I used cocoa powder here, making it a little less healthy, but once I am at the stage where I buy new ingredients again I will get cacao.

Here goes!

Ingredients (about 20 balls)

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional for sweetness)

Instructions

  1. Soften coconut oil over a pot of warm water. Not until fully melted, just soft.
  2. Add all other ingredients to your coconut oil and mix well together
  3. If mixture is too wet add more flour/oats, if mixture is too dry add water one tablespoon at a time, until it is a firm dough consistency
  4. Roll dough into balls and chill in the fridge

And there you go!

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So easy. So yummy. The other great thing about this recipe is it’s very customisable. You could blend some dates or almonds and add these, or even substitute coconut oil for mashed banana. This recipe is simple, and begs for some experimenting. Give it a try today and let me know how you get on. Happy snacking!

Until next time, stay magic y’all

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