Raw Protein Energy Balls

Raw Protein Energy Balls

Day 13 of 30 Day Recipe Challenge

Mama’s – The kids LOVE these.  Seriously!

This recipe is packed with all kinds of healthy ingredients (so nutrient dense)!

Chia is high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids (great for brain function), alpha lineolic acid (immune support) and all 8 amino acids (think building blocks, and it’s a complete protein which is unique for a plant protein)!

Pumpkin seeds & Nut butters are another great protein source and a healthy fat.

Coconut contains lauric acid which helps promote good gut health.  Hello, healthy intestines.  ;-)

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats, thick
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup vegan or regular chocolate chips, sweetened naturally
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Note:  Before you get started, cut the batch in half, or recruit extra help!

In a large mixing bowl, fold all ingredients together.  Mix thoroughly.  Using your hands grab some of the mixture and start rolling together in about one inch balls.  Squeeze them firmly to help everything stick together.  Place the rolled energy balls on a cookie sheet.  I like to put them in the freezer to help them get firm.

The peanut butter will start to dry out, so this needs to be done fast and it is helpful to have two people or consider doing a half batch, which really makes it more fun.  I do such a large batch because once I make them they are gone pretty fast.  The hubby and kids can’t seem to keep away.

For more information about Chia Seeds, check out Jessica’s blog post about 5 Reason + 5 Ways to Add Chia Seeds To Your Day!

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