I don't know about you, but I LOVE granola bars! I love that they are easy to pack in lunches or as a quick snack on the go. I love that they feel like a treat but I can even eat them for breakfast. What I DON'T love about them, is that they can be loaded with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colours. Many granola bars contain over 30 ingredients, some of which I have a hard time pronouncing.
This is where energy balls save the day! They are easy to make, take less than 10 minutes, and you don't even have to turn on your oven! One bowl, one spoon, no bake, no fuss. They are a quick snack to keep you going on those busy days throughout the week, or a treat in the evening for a hint of sweetness after supper. When these are in my house, I don't miss those beloved granola bars.
2/3 cup oats
1/3 cup brown rice puffs*
1/2 cup flaxseed (ground)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup all natural nut butter
1/3 cup honey
*Can substitute for more oats. Otherwise, brown rice puffs can usually be found at a bulk food store.
Mix together and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes (they roll easier this way). Then roll into golf ball size, and store in the fridge. Yields 12-16 balls.