Sweet and satisfying, these energy balls are filled with chocolate, cherries and walnuts to give you a quick energy boost on-the-go.
My 2 year old little man loves to eat without assistance but let’s be real, toddlers aren’t exactly tidy in the kitchen. While I’m certainly not a neat freak by any means, I try to have plenty of healthy, ready-to-eat finger foods on hand at all times. Unfortunately for my husband, those are rarely found in a bright orange box.
While I’ve made energy balls several times before, this particular recipe was inspired by my beautiful friend Ali. Of course, Michigan girl in me couldn’t pass up an opportunity to incorporate dried cherries, one of my favorite fruits of all time. Tart, sweet and packed with antioxidants, I love pairing them with chocolate.
For added protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fats, I added natural peanut butter, crunchy walnuts and flax seed meal. Clearly I can’t pass up any chance to eat more peanut butter.
These energy balls keep well and are great to stash in your purse, diaper bag, glove compartment or gym bag. We love eating them chilled but they are equally delicious room temperature.
No fork required.
In a medium ball, whisk together peanut butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
Stir in oats, flax seed meal, chocolate chips, walnuts and cherries.
Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, roll into evenly sized balls and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
Chill balls 30 minutes (or longer) to set before serving.
Energy balls be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, perfect for brown bag lunches, picnics or more.
If they don't form perfectly right away, keep rolling them between your hands. As you roll them, the warmth of your hands will help release the natural oils in the walnuts which will help shape the balls.
Recipe inspired and slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven.