These delicious oatmeal cookie energy balls are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and free of refined sugars. A healthy, protein-rich snack to enjoy any time of day!
Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls
It’s been a while since I posted an energy ball recipe and I figured since my Energy Balls cookbook has now been out on shelves for over a year, I was finally ready to create another tasty ball recipe. I have to admit, after writing an entire cookbook on energy balls I was a little sick of them.
I ate A LOT of energy balls during the making of my cookbook (as did my hubby, my official taste-tester) so I definitely needed a little break.
Now I’m back at it and it’s perfect timing because these oatmeal cookie energy balls are lovely for summertime snacking! They are tasty, curb cravings for something sweet, and are great for on-the-go. I love making a batch of energy balls or bars for road trips or plane rides as they keep well, don’t need to be refrigerated, and are easy to eat.
Hemsley, our toddler, also happens to be a fan of these oatmeal cookie energy balls which is great because when we go on road trips with her it’s a bit of a dazzling circus act to keep her happy and occupied in her car seat for a couple hours at a time (…and all the mamas out there nodded their heads in quiet agreement).
This recipe is super easy to make and like most energy balls can be kept in the fridge for a couple of weeks or the freezer for at least one month…if you don’t eat them all before then!
Something different about these balls however is that they do not contain dates. If you’ve made energy balls or bars in the past you’ll see they often have dates in them for natural sweetness, as a binding ingredients, and of course for the ‘energy’ part as dates are full of simple carbohydrates that serve as an immediate energy source.
While I have nothing against using dates (I used them a ton in my cookbook!), for these oatmeal cookie energy balls I wanted them to taste more like cookie dough than date paste. Instead, pure maple syrup works to add sweetness and help bind the balls together.
Along with the maple syrup the oatmeal cookie energy balls contain almonds, rolled oats, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla, a touch of sea salt, and dark chocolate chips. These could also easily be made with raisins instead of chocolate chips to lend to that classic oatmeal cookie taste.
Healthy, omega-rich fats, plant protein, and simple carbohydrates bring energizing goodness to these snacks that really taste like treats. We are off for summer holidays next weekend and you better believe I’ll have a batch of these bad boys in tow for our drive to Canmore and British Columbia!
Side note, wish us luck as we venture on our first TENT camping trip with Hemsley…it should be interesting. I’ll also take ANY tips you have for tenting with a busy toddler!
I really hope you enjoy these energy balls as much as we do. Be sure to pin the photo below to save this recipe for later!
Have a lovely Sunday,
Christal // NITK