My ultimate favorite snack are these delicious oat energy balls because they are a nutrient powerhouse. My tried-and-true recipe is comprised of a few basic ingredients. The best part is.... it takes less than 10 minutes to make, start to finish.
For any expecting mamas, this recipe is great whip up for a midday treat!
What you'll need:
1/2 cup of Cashews: You can use raw or roasted cashews. They contain healthy fats and several nutrients like copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, and selenium.
5 chopped Dates: Medjool dates are a key ingredient in most energy ball recipes. They’re a sticky-sweet fruit that creates a soft, chewy texture. So delicious!
1 cup of Oats: Oats come in several varieties: quick, rolled, and steel-cut. For these cinnamon energy balls, use quick oats. If you’re following a strict gluten-free diet, double check to make sure your package states certified gluten-free.
1 tablespoon of Flax Seeds: One serving provides a good amount of protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids. With its mild, nutty flavor and crisp, crunchy consistency, flaxseed is a versatile ingredient that can enhance the taste and texture of almost any recipe.
1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds: Considered "superseeds," chia seeds provide insoluble fiber which helps keep you fuller longer and bulks up stool to prevent constipation. They also deliver healthy fats, protein, cell-protecting antioxidants and a great source of minerals.
A dash of Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon is essential for the warm cinnamon-roll flavor.
A dash of Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract helps to sweeten the flavor and provides a nice aroma.
A pinch of Salt: Just a dash is needed.
First, combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. This includes cashews, oats, medjool dates, flax and chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt.
Next, process the ingredients until a nearly-smooth, sticky dough forms. This should take a few minutes. Note: if ingredients feel too dry, add 2 tablespoons of water to bind the blend.
After, use a mini cookie scoop or a tablespoon to separate the dough into 14-16 rounds. Using clean hands, roll each round of dough into a ball.
Enjoy! Tag @soulandspoons next time you make a batch!