Sunday, May 25, 2014

Power Balls (Free of Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, and Peanuts)

These little no bake energy balls are all the rage right now!  I have seen people eating them at soccer games and out and about, and I have seen tons of posts with recipes for these bite-sized snack.  One of my favorite bloggers, Making it Milk-Free, posted a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites today, and it inspired me to piece together a recipe that would work for our family. 

Here's the ingredients I used, but you could really use any spices or add-ins you like.  I've seen some with added raisins or craisins, nuts, sunflower seeds, even crushed cereal.  I used almond butter, but you could use any kind of spread you prefer, including peanut butter, soy butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.


Ingredients:

1 c gluten-free oats
1/2 c dedicated peanut-free almond butter (chunky or creamy)
1/4 c coconut flakes
1/2 c safe chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
1/8 c chia seeds
1/8 c ground flax seeds
1/3 c honey or agave
1/4 tsp cinammon
1 tsp vanilla


Instructions:

Simply mix it all together, roll into bite-sized balls, and chill for 30 min on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  I found it difficult to roll the balls initially, so I chilled the dough for a bit first.  The mixture was still a bit sticky, so keeping my hands wet with a bit of water was helpful.  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.  I also packed some in baggies and stashed them in the freezer for later.

(I used flax and chia seeds, but you could use 1/4 cup of just one of these instead.)

I'll be happy I stuck these in the freezer later!


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