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Monster Energy Balls

Monster Energy Balls are like channeling your favorite peanut butter-packed, M&M-filled Monster Cookies into a more nutritious snack -- an energy bite!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Healthy
Keyword monster energy balls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 35 energy bites
Calories 64kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (290g) quick oats
  • 1 cup (257g) creamy peanut butter (we love Skippy)
  • 1/2 cup (177g) honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt Note 1
  • 1/2 cup (98g) miniature M&Ms
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (60g) miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  • COMBINE: Combine all of the ingredients in a very large bowl. Using a hand mixer on low speed, beat until a thick mixture is formed. (Or do this in a stand mixer.) See Note 2.
  • ROLL: Use a 1-tablespoon measuring spoon or 1-1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the dough and then tightly roll into balls (Note 3). Once rolled, place in the fridge (on a parchment paper-lined plate or tray so they don't stick) to firm up for about 30 mins to an hour and then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or freeze (see next step).
  • FREEZE: To freeze, space the energy balls on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They'll last up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. When these bites are completely frozen, they are very hard to eat, but don't feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating -- we enjoy them still a bit frozen. They're delicious that way!

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Notes

Note 1: If peanut butter is salted, you might want to leave this out. If you are sensitive to salt, reduce or leave out. If using table salt you'll want a tiny pinch (fine sea salt and table salt aren't the same!)
Note 2: Since there can be great variations in specific ingredients (especially peanut butter), you may need to add a bit more oats or a bit more peanut butter/honey to the mixture. If the mixture is too wet and sticky (and not rolling nicely into a ball), add a few more oats and re-mix everything. If the mixture is too dry (and crumbling), add more peanut butter and/or honey and re-mix everything until you can easily roll the balls. If these do seem too moist, keep in mind that oats continue to absorb liquid and may just need a little time to firm up.
Note 3: With a good cookie scoop, the dough can just be scooped and packed tightly in scoop then placed on a plate instead of requiring the effort of rolling individual balls. 

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg