Chia seeds are super seeds. The tiny chia is high in protein, fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, & phosphorus. There are many health benefits to adding chia seeds to your diet, according to this article by the Huffington Post. While these chia energy balls are super nutritious, they're also yummy. So they're an awesome snack for adults and kids. Basically, a good for you snack that tastes so good, it feels like you're indulging. What could be better?
These Chia Energy Balls are packed with nutrition, protein and fibre, and they seriously taste really, really good. Chia seeds are the stars here, but these chia energy balls also get a boost from some other super foods, like oats, and dark chocolate chips. These delicious little energy balls are a perfect snack to take on an outdoor hike, a ski trip, or for after a workout. Healthy energy balls are a delicious way to get the protein you need to keep your energy levels high when you are being active.
And for the lunchbox, these are perfect. Kids love these, and they are so much more nutritious than a cookie, or a sugar laden granola bar. Too often, those bars are loaded with sugar, including high fructose corn syrup. If you look closely at the labels, you'll also see saturated fats, artificial colours, high levels of sodium, and artificial preservatives. Many of the commercial granola bars are even worse, nutrition wise, than a cookie.
And as a bonus, it takes just a couple of minutes to whip up a batch of these little super bites. They are very portable, and easy to take along on your next adventure. It can't get any easier. You can substitute hemp hearts, or ground flax seed for the chia, and change up the other ingredients, too. (Try chopped nuts, dried cranberries or raisins). If you have nut allergies, or a nut free school, try tahini, (sesame paste), sunflower seed butter, or soy butter as alternatives to the almond butter.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup chia seeds (If you don't like the chia seeds in your teeth, you can use ground chia, or grind the seeds in a spice grinder)
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup almond butter , or any nut butter.
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and combine
- Refrigerate mixture for about 30 minutes.
- With your hands, roll into 3 inch balls
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
If you want uniform sized balls, try using a melon baller.