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 25minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Servings 35energy bites
3cups (290g)quick oats
1cup (257g)creamy peanut butter(we love Skippy)
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1/4teaspoonfine sea saltNote 1
1/2cup (98g)miniature M&Ms
1/4 cup + 2tablespoons (60g)miniature chocolate chips
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. Tothaw: 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!
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.