These sunflower and oat energy balls are the perfect healthy grab-and-go snack to take with you to the gym or the office!
And we have another ball recipe, folks.
Not that I figure you’re mad about it. Snack balls are one of the funnest (most fun?) foods to make and have on hand! I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them, most of them probably from Lindsay. For the last week and a half, I’ve had these sunflower and oat energy balls in the fridge. They’re ready to grab and go as I make my way to the gym.
I don’t think I had eaten sunflower seeds in YEARS before we went on a quick Paleo streak last summer. I used them mostly on salads and in smoothie bowls. When I stopped eating salads for a while, I realized I had a whole bunch of sunflower seeds sitting in the pantry, begging to be eaten. I didn’t feel like tackling a granola bar, so sunflower and oat energy balls were the plan!
With as much peanut butter in these as there is, I didn’t expect the sunflower taste to shine through as much as it does. Its a welcome change, though! Not like I’m bashing peanut butter or anything, don’t get me wrong. Just a different flavor combo to rotate in the mix!
Oh, and chocolate. I debated adding chocolate chips to these, but the last three times I’ve tried to buy chocolate chips, I accidentally bought chocolate morsels instead. Morsels are basically giant chocolate chips—good for melting, but not so good for smaller snacks. You’d end up eating a ball of chocolate. (But I don’t know, maybe some of you would rather do that anyway.) I went for the melted chocolate route on these, which made a 1/4 cup of chocolate morsels go a lot farther.
It’s been a bit of a rough week so I’m gonna jump on to the good stuff early (good stuff = recipe). I’ve been suuuuuper tired, and even drank my first cup of real coffee in 5 months on Tuesday. Early wake-up call is hitting me hard after a long weekend. And I’ve been lifting this week so I’m waddling around with sore legs, probably making myself look even more pregnant than necessary. So lets just look at some sunflower and oat energy balls and forget about it!
- 1 cup oat flour (blended/ground oats)
- 1 cup quick oats
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup peanut butter (I used half natural, half Skippy creamy)
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together.
- When consistency is right, roll into 18 balls. Place on a baking sheet or plate.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips in 15-30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted.
- Put melted chocolate in a ziplcok bag, and smush down into one corner. Cut a small hole in the corner, and drizzle chocolate on energy balls. Place in freezer for 10 minutes or let chocolate cool to harden.