Following up on the #LiveLifeWell campaign with Wellness Warehouse, I am going to be adding a few of my favourite energy balls recipes. In one small shop, I got enough supplies for three different kinds of these delicious lunchbox snacks. Read more about the campaign over on my friend, Spirited Mama’s blog here.
Keeping lunchboxes healthy and un-boring is a challenge that most parents face at some point and these are a great addition to the rotation list.
I am all about knowing where my food comes from and what exactly is in it, as you may know by now. So when I read on fruit bars, for example, 60% fruit my gag reflex immediately kicks in and I walk straight past.
The boys do eat treats and chippies etc, but we only send a treat to school on a Friday and for the rest of the time their lunches contain lots of fresh fruit, cheese, eggs, rice cakes and pretzels… water of course!
We do like the granola bars from Nature Valley and Wade loves the Jungle Oats bars as well. A while ago I started experimenting with these energy balls to see if I would be able to make healthy snacks and save money, while again knowing exactly what has gone into them.
They are so easy, there’s a huge variety of ideas out there and you can put just about anything you can think of into them!
This last batch I made did have a tiny little sprinkling of white chocolate in them, because I believe in listening to what my body wants (wink wink). I added extra Chia seeds to balance it out… They were delicious!
Peanut butter, oats and white chocolate energy balls
- 1 cup uncooked oats (steel cut, rolled oats is 100% gluten free)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favourite nut butter)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup grated white chocolate
- Handful Chia seeds
Mix well until it’s all combined. Pour a little cold water into a bowl and slightly dampen your hands every so often to make rolling easier.
Spoon out approximately 3/4 tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and roll into a ball. Place balls onto a plate or into a plastic container and refrigerate. Supposedly they could last about a week in the fridge but I personally haven’t seen them last longer than a day… then they are all finished!
More recipes to fill your lunchboxes coming soon! Enjoy and remember to share and tag @mammachefjozi in the photos of your energy balls!