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. The best part is, chia energy balls are delicious, super good for you, and and make an awesome snack for adults and kids.
These Chia Energy Balls are packed with nutrition, protein and fibre, and they seriously taste amazing. 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, cross country skiing,or after a workout.
And for the lunchbox, these are perfect. Chia energy balls are a delicious way to get the protein you need to keep your energy levels high when you are being active, and kids love them!
Best of all, it only takes a couple of minutes to make up a batch of these super energy bites. Take them 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, you might want to try some alternatives to the almond butter that I used (suggestions included below).
- 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 (you can use peanut butter, or if you need to be nut free, try tahini, sunflower seed butter, or soy butter)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Put in the fridge for about a half an hour, then roll into balls. Makes about 2 dozen balls, depending on the size you roll them. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.