Chocolate peanut butter energy balls are healthy, no-bake, vegan, peanut butter chia seed and almond balls with sugar-free chocolate chips. 100% Paleo + gluten-free + grain-free.
Chocolate peanut butter energy balls – healthy snacks
These chocolate peanut butter energy balls are my favorite little morning snack after the gym right now. I know it’s almost Christmas, but it’s not a reason for skipping a healthy breakfast skipping going to the gym!
I love that the recipe can be made in 10 minutes, stores up to 3 weeks in my fridge, and all my family can enjoy it in their way.
My 6-year-old likes to have this in her lunchbox for morning tea. My vegan husband is a sportive guy, so he uses them as a refuel after a long workout.
Nutrient-loaded keto energy bites
We always talk about carbs and macronutrients on low-carb diets. We forget to tell us how much it is important to also reach your micronutrients target.
It’s hard to say how much of them are required. You only need a small amount of each micronutrient. All I can tell you, you need extra micronutrients on a low-carb keto diet. Indeed, the keto diet is a diuretic.
This means you flush a lot of these nutrients with all the water you drink. So this peanut butter granola ball recipe is perfect for reloading your micronutrient levels.
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Chocolate peanut butter energy balls – an easy 10-minute recipe!
So let’s have a look at the simple ingredients you need to make these granola balls:
Peanut butter – of course, this is the base ingredient. The good news is that the recipe works with other nut butter as well, like almond butter or cashew butter. I personally adore the flavor of peanut butter. Make sure you check the ingredient list for no added oil, no added sugar. You will be surprised by how many other ingredients some brands add to nut butter. It actually requires only one ingredient, peanuts. Check out my article on how to make a homemade peanut butter recipe if you prefer to make this at home.
Sliced almond – you can also use roasted almonds that you crush into pieces, but I like the texture of sliced almonds. It reminds me of oats without the extra carbs.
Pumpkin seeds – they are the best seeds to boost your magnesium with 65% of your RDI, so don’t skip this ingredient. Plus, it’s a good source of plant-based iron, too. If you are vegan, 18% of RDI.
Chia seeds are loaded with fiber and calcium. So it’s another great seed to add to your breakfast for healthy digestion and strong bones.
Flax meal, like the other seeds above, it’s very rich in magnesium and iron, so if you are vegan, it’s a plus. On a low-carb diet, a flaxseed meal is recommended too as it’s very high in fiber, great to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Sea salt – optional, especially if your nut butter is already salty
Sugar-free chocolate chips – I love to add mine before pouring the warm peanut butter as they melt and give great chocolate peanut butter balls. If you prefer to feel the crunch of the chips, add them at the end after you incorporated the peanut butter and sweetener. Another great sugar-free option is cocoa nibs, slightly more bitter but delicious too.
Sugar-free Monk fruit syrup – this is my favorite go-to liquid syrup on a sugar-free diet. It has a glycemic index of zero, no calories, and it’s all-natural. You can, of course, use different liquid sweeteners. Some people prefer brown rice syrup or regular maple syrup. I won’t say they aren’t fine, they are simply higher in carb, and their glycemic index will impact your blood sugar. So if you are on a keto low-carb diet, choose the same as me, sugar-free maple-flavored Monk Fruit syrup!
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In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients, stir to combine, set aside. Note: you can add the chocolate chips now, and they will melt in the next step giving a chocolate peanut butter flavor to the ball, or you can choose to add the chocolate chips after step 3 to keep the crunchy chocolate chips bites in the balls.
In a small bowl, add the liquid ingredients: peanut butter and sugar-free liquid sweetener, microwave 45 seconds. This step will soften the peanut butter making it easier to combine with the dry ingredients. Don't over-warm.
Pour the liquid ingredients onto the dry ingredients, combine using a spatula until it forms a sticky batter that you can easily shape into granola balls. If you didn't add the chocolate chips in step 1, stir in now.
Slightly grease your hands with coconut oil, grab some dough and roll the granola balls. I recommend a 'golf ball' size to make 12 granola balls in total with this batter.
Roll the prepared granola balls in extra sliced almonds if you like to add some crunch on the sides. Place the granola ball on a plate that you have covered with parchment paper - this prevents the ball from sticking to the plate.
Repeat the rolling process until you form 12 granola balls.
Place the plate in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up the granola balls. Meanwhile, melt the extra chocolate chips with coconut oil.
Remove the plate from the freezer, drizzle some melted chocolate on top of each granola ball. Place the plate in the freezer again for 5 minutes to set the chocolate drizzle.
Store up to 3 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container or up to 10 days in the pantry in a cookie jar.
Sugar free sweetener: I recommend sugar free monk fruit syrup, you can purchase some here and get 20% off using the code 'sweetashoney' at the check out.Clean eating sweetener: other healthy sweeteners we recommend are brown rice syrup for low fructose option or maple syrup. Both are vegan options.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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