My healthy chocolate chip oatmeal balls are just what you need for an easy snack! This healthy oatmeal bites recipe is made with just 7 ingredients. Chances are that you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry!
Today we are having a heat index of 100 degrees and I am not about to turn on the oven! Thank god for no bake recipes like this that will satisfy my sweet tooth! Plus, they only take about 10 minutes to make so a win win for a hot summer day. 🙂
How healthy are energy balls?
Energy balls are a healthy snack option that will keep you satisfied! Thanks to all the healthy ingredients, energy balls have a good combination of protein, carbohydrate, healthy fats, and fiber! Another great benefit is that they are totally portable so they are perfect to eat on the go when you feel those hunger pangs between meals.
Benefits of Chocolate Chip Oat Balls Ingredients
- High fiber ingredients: rolled oats, coconut flakes, flaxseed, dark chocolate.
- Healthy fat ingredients: coconut flakes, flaxseed, peanut butter, dark chocolate.
- Plan protein ingredients: rolled oats, flaxseed, peanut butter.
- Ingredients with antioxidants: flaxseed, honey, dark chocolate.
Note, my oatmeal balls are made with RAW honey, UNSWEETENED coconut flakes, NATURAL peanut butter, PURE vanilla, and DARK chocolate. Make sure to choose these specific ingredients to get the full nutrition benefits.
Make my healthy chocolate chip oat balls
Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Balls Ingredients
You will only need a few simple ingredients for these healthy no bake chocolate energy bites:
- Old fashioned (rolled) oats
- Extra fine coconut flakes
- Ground flaxseed
- Creamy peanut butter
- Raw honey
- Pure vanilla extract
- Dark chocolate
How do you make oatmeal balls without peanut butter?
In this recipe, you can easily substitute the peanut butter for either almond butter or cashew butter! Instead of ½ cup peanut butter, use ½ cup almond butter or ½ cup cashew butter.
How do you make an energy ball?
No bake chocolate chip oatmeal balls are SO easy to make!
In a medium sized mixing bowl, add 1 cup rolled oats, ⅔ cup extra fine coconut flakes, ½ cup ground flaxseed, ½ cup creamy peanut butter, ⅓ cup raw honey, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Mix well with a spoon to completely combine the ingredients. Fold in ½ cup chopped dark chocolate.
Roll into 10 individual balls.
How to make ground flaxseed from whole flaxseed? If you have a blender or coffee grinder, you can easily make ground flaxseed from your whole flaxseeds. Simply measure the amount of ground flaxseed that the recipe calls for. Place your seeds in the blender or coffee grinder. Pulse until they are finely ground. And that's it! Easy ground flaxseeds right at home.
What are other healthy snacks?
My clients always ask me what the easiest and healthiest snacks are! Here's my usual go to for people:
- Trail mix
- Fresh fruit (with or without a nut butter)
- Fresh vegetables (with or without a dip)
- Cheese stick
- Greek yogurt cups
- Dark chocolate
How to store Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Balls
To store your chocolate chip energy balls, line a container with parchment paper. Place the balls on top of the paper. Cover your container with a tight fitting lid. Store in the fridge for up to a week!
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Are chocolate chip oat balls low FODMAP?
If you are following a low FODMAP diet and want a sweet snack, you can easily make these energy balls low FODMAP. Simply replace the honey for maple syrup. Just a note on choosing low FODMAP ingredients, choose gluten free certified oats, unsweetened coconut flakes, pure peanut butter (no added sugars or preservatives), pure maple syrup (not the one made with corn syrup), and extra dark chocolate (preferably >85% cacao solids).
Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?
Yes you can eat raw oats in these no-bake chocolate oatmeal balls. Just make sure to let your oatmeal balls sit for a couple of hours. The oats will begin to soften, making them easier to chew and to digest.
How can I make oatmeal balls without peanut butter?
You can easily substitute any other nut butter in place of peanut butter in energy balls. My favorite is cashew butter. Use the exact same amount (½ cup).
Is this oatmeal balls recipe vegan?
No, since honey is not vegan these energy balls are not vegan. But, you can easily make them vegan by replacing honey with maple syrup. All other ingredients in my healthy oatmeal bites recipe are vegan friendly!
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Healthy Chocolate Chip Oat Balls
How to make chocolate chip oat balls:
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add 1 cup rolled oats, ⅔ cup extra fine coconut flakes, ½ cup ground flaxseed, ½ cup creamy peanut butter, ⅓ cup raw honey, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Mix well with a spoon to completely combine the ingredients. Fold in ½ cup chopped dark chocolate.
- Roll into 10 individual balls. Enjoy!
How to store chocolate chip oat balls:
- Store in a parchment paper lined container in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure to cover it so the balls don't dry out.