Healthy Travel Snacks: Energy Balls!

I’m often traveling for work and I really struggle to keep up healthy eating on the road. It’s hard to pack fresh fruits and veggies, and it’s nearly impossible to find snacks that aren’t loaded with carbs and sugar at places like airports and train stations.

That’s why I was PSYCHED when I came across this recipe from Gimme Some Oven for Energy Balls.  There are a bunch of different ways that you can make these guys — but the basics are to combine oats, honey, nut butter, flax seed, chia seed, and vanilla extract into small balls of deliciousness that are easy to throw in a Ziplock in your purse when you’re traveling.

Here’s my take on them (which is a little lighter on the sugar, and heavier on the flax seed and chia seed than the original recipe calls for…).

Energy Ball Ingredients

2 cups dry oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup honey or agave nectar
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and  let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

 

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It should be fairly gooey (only technical culinary terms here, people) once it’s all mixed together.

Once chilled, roll into 1″ balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up  to 1 week. (Makes about 30 balls).

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I made these on a Sunday — it takes 15 minutes at most! — and had great healthy snacks for the rest of the week.  And, I got my husband to run through the house yelling “Energy Balls! Energy Balls! Energy Balls for everyone!!” which was an unanticipated bonus.

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