I thought these puppies up after I had a vision of my daughter’s store bought cereal bars lying on some factory conveyer belt inching along under heated lamps to get their soft baked taste.
Annnnnnnnd just like that “Power Balls” were created.
I'm not trying to hate on cereal bars... I absolutely gave them to my daughter. I just started realizing that I was giving them to her A LOT. They were easy to throw in my bag or have handy in the cabinet for those times she ate zero of what I made for lunch and needed something to fill her belly. Mama does not need a child cutting their nap short because they're hungry. The cereal bar distribution was getting out of hand so I made something that's healthier, just as handy, and 1 billion times tastier.
These are the perfect snack with the perfect pop of good fat, fiber, and antioxidants your kiddo needs to keep their energy up. Yes, you should have one too then.
When you see how well rounded the ingredients are you'll def want to. Hello- they have flaxseed, which is full of Omega 3's. How many times did you tell yourself "you really did need to add more Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet"? You may wanna check the expiration date on those pills you bought and forgot about in the cabinet. Just have a power ball.
Oh, and if you're wondering where the heck to find ground flaxseed? It's in the baking aisle.
Add these to your mental rolodex. Keep the cereal bar, but if you're like me and are buying multiple boxes at a time, these are a great substitute to add into the mix.
The recipe is incredibly easy to make. You are literally just dumping ingredients into bowls and mixing. I use my hands but a spoon works too.
Here's a Quik Chik Trik: (see what I did there?)
Get your hands slightly wet when you roll the balls. This will prevent the mixture from sticking to you! I rewet my hands every 5-6 rolls. Your mind will be blown.
Recipe is below but if you wanna see me actually do it, here's a short 1min 25sec video showing you just how fast and easy it is!
The power balls get stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
5 Minute No Bake Power Balls
Prep time 5 minutes. Makes 24-30 balls
2 cups oats
2 cups coconut flakes
1 cup ground flax seed (found in baking aisle)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix all your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine with wet ingredients. Make sure wet ingredients bowl is just as large if not larger than dry ingredients bowl because this is the bowl you will be mixing everything in. Roll into bite sized balls (no wrong size here) and store in refrigerator.
See me do it below