No Bake 100 Calorie Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe
These energy balls are the perfect afternoon snack for a quick pick-me-up, or a nice treat after a workout. For a peanut-free version use almond butter. If you don't have dried cherries on hand it is just as delicious with dried cranberries or raisins.
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If your coconut is not already toasted, turn on the stove to give it a quick toast to help intensify the flavour. To do this, heat a heavy bottom frying pan over medium heat and add the coconut. Watch carefully as it will burn quickly. Once heated, toss around in the frying pan for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Remember it will continue to cook in the hot frying pan even when off the heat.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for about half an hour. After 30 minutes check it and if the mixture seems to dry add more water. You want the mixture to stick together, and not be too crumbly.
Finally roll the mixture into 20 small, equal sized balls. They should be about 1.5" in diameter.
*purchase whole flaxseeds and grind them yourself to ensure all the nutrients are intact and the flaxseeds have not gone rancid. The recipe is for 3 tbsp of already ground flaxseed. Make it vegan: Use maple syrup in place of honey.Make it gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats.Don't like sour cherries: Use dried cranberries, raisins, or chopped dates..Store for later: Store the energy balls in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or longer in the freezer.What peanut butter to use? Choose one that is natural, with no added oil or sugar.