Nutty Oat Balls

These Nutty Oat Balls are simple, no-bake, require only a handful of ingredients and can be gluten-free and vegan friendly. They are the perfect choice for a morning or afternoon snack and can be extra decadent with a drizzle of chocolate!

Nutty Oat Balls

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Mmm balls. These little balls of goodness are so good, so simple, require no baking and only a handful of ingredients.

There are so many combinations out there for healthy ball snacks (commonly referred to as bliss balls) as they really are blissful… and the perfect snack to grab-and-go, packed full of good-for-you ingredients which are perfect pre and post-workout or as a healthier snack in the evenings.

I have made these nutty oats balls so that you can have them for breakfast (thanks to the oats keeping you full and satisfied) or equally they could be eaten for a dessert snack as they are sweet and gooey and for extra decadence they could be drizzled with a little dark chocolate to satisfy any sweet cravings.

They are made with only six ingredients which all bind together to perfectly hold these balls in shape. They should make approximately 15 balls so there is plenty to keep you going throughout the week or to share with a loved one (or not – your choice!) I also find that these little treat freeze perfectly fine so freeze half and thaw them when you are ready to enjoy them or alternatively store them in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air-tight container and grab when you need a little treat.

You only need a handful of ingredients to get you started on these balls and they really are a great snack if you’re struggling for snack ideas, as I often do, because everyone needs a little snack right?!


How To:

Simply grab a large mixing bowl and combine the wet ingredients first to make sure the peanut butter and sweetener is well combined and smooth. Then add the oats, chia seeds, desiccated coconut and a little vanilla extract and combine well with the wet ingredients. Now for the messy part – with your hands, grab equal amounts of the mixture (try a tbsp. amount) and roll into balls and place on a lined baking tray or chopping board until you have used up all the mixture. Pop them in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes to an hour and then drizzle with chocolate if required.

These nutty oat balls can be gluten-free (with certified oats) and vegan friendly (using maple syrup or agave nectar instead and vegan chocolate). The chia seeds are an excellent binder and the peanut butter is great source of healthy fats and protein, therefore making these little balls super healthy!

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Nutty Oat Balls
 
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Recipe type: gluten-free, vegan
Cuisine: breakfast, dessert, snacks
Serves: Approx. 15
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if required)
  • ½ cup nut butter (I prefer peanut butter)
  • 2 tbsp maple or agave (honey if not vegan)
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • To decorate: melted drizzled chocolate (vegan) or your own frosting
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the oats, nut butter, honey, coconut, chia seeds and vanilla extract until fully combined.
  2. Then roll the mixture with your hands into equal sized balls (the quantity will depend on how big you like them)
  3. Place them in the fridge to firm up, and store this way for up to a week or alternatively pop in the freezer for a convenient snack.

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