Recipe: Oat and Nut Butter Power Balls

There are probably thousands of variations and recipes for power/energy balls out there on Pinterest, and here is one more that you will love.  I have come to really appreciate these little balls of goodness and I thank Renata for introducing me to the category of portable ball shaped snacks (see her 2 Bite Delights recipe).  These power balls are densely packed with nutrients and flavor--make sure you make some extra because your friends will eat them all (I know mine do!).


Ingredients (makes about 15 balls):

  • 1 cup of gluten-free, non-quick cook oats (ie. Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup nut butter (I mix almond and peanut, heavier on the almond)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 scoop of protein powder 
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg as desired
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Optional:  2 tsp matcha powder for an antioxidant boost (gives the balls a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles look)
Note:  you may need to add more nut butter/honey as you add in more dry ingredients.

Directions:
  1. Optional:  Toast oats in a baking sheet for 20-25 min in oven at 350 degrees.  Let cool.
  2. Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Form into ~ 1 inch balls
  4. Enjoy!

Have any favorite ingredients to add into your power balls?  Comment below and share the wealth!

All the best,
Christine


Images from www.corbisimages.com





Dr. Cho, ND is a naturopathic doctor based in Pickering, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario.  She maintains a private practice focused in pain management and sports nutrition, in addition to a general family practice at Durham Natural Health Centre.  To learn more about Dr. Cho, book a complimentary 15 minute consult by clicking here.  Not in the Durham Region?  Contact her through AnAvocadoADay@gmail.com to learn about more options.

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