Looking for a sweet treat that also has some healthy elements to it to get you through your day? Look no farther than these Chocolate Raspberry Hazelnut Energy Ball Treats! Perfect for a mid-day snack for mom or that something sweet to put in your kiddos lunch bag!
No bake energy balls or protein balls are a great alternative to other quick grab snacks us moms seem to grab though out the day. Plus they are really simple to make the trick is the proper balance of each component.
Oats are loaded with fiber which as us mama’s know it is good on the tummy. However, we most often overlook that oats are also good for heart health, rich in antioxidants, great for reducing cholesterol, improve blood sugar, and loaded with nutrients which help you sustain energy through out your day.
They say oats are gluten-free, however, if you do have a gluten intolerance or allergy I recommend buying the one that says gluten-free to ensure they are not processed in a factory that also produces gluten products.
There are steel-cut oats and rolled (old-fashioned) oats. The difference comes from the way that are processed. Steel-cut oats are oat groats that have been cut into 2-3 pieces and are typically unprocessed. Rolled aka old fashioned oats are processed by steaming and rolling oar groats which helps them cook faster.
I prefer a combination of both oats when I make energy ball treats it gives them a great texture.
The Sticky Binder
In order to make protein balls you also need something to bind them. Typically, it is a type of nut butter (almond butter, peanut putter, hazelnut butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter… you get the point if you can name a nut it probably has a butter named after it.
Now nut butters are not the only sticky thing you can use energy balls. There is also
- Agave Syrup
- Maple Syrup
- Jellies and Jams
I prefer to stick with either honey or nut butter. I can honestly say I have not done too many recipe tests with the others. For this sweet energy ball treat, I did a combination of Hazelnut Chocolate Spread and a Natural Rasberry Jam.
Honestly, if you have oats and something sticky you can make an energy ball, but to amp up the protein, nutrients, and flavor how about a few mix-ins.
Energy Ball Treat Mix-ins
For this recipe I used some unsweetened shredded coconut for flavor, chia seeds for extra protein, and sliced almonds for texture, flavor, and protein.
Now there are so many combinations you can make to change up the flavor of these or any no bake oat energy ball. You can add:
- Any kind of nut
- Any kind of seed
- Chocolate coated candies
- Dried Fruit
- Baking Chips
Then for a more healthy boast add in:
- Ground Kelp
- Protein powder
The flavor possibilities are endless!
Time to “Bake” Energy Ball Treats
Now for the really simple part. You take all your ingredients the oats, the sticky binding, and your mix-ins to a bowl and mix til they are completely combined.
Now for the hardest part the rolling. First off let me tell you this can get a bit messy. To help cut back on the mess some people place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes before rolling this may also help solidify your mixture making the balls easier to roll.
My trick however is a lot messier. I like to take the mixture about 1 1/2 tbsp at a time and squeeze it in my hands, flatten it, then roll it while lightly squeezing to make the balls nice and compacted. The more compacted these no bake energy ball treats are the less they will fall apart.
If you are having a hard time getting them to stick, your mixture may be too dry. All you need to do is add a little more sticky binding.
My final step is to lay them out on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer for one hour before placing them in a bag. This will allow you to place them in a bag without fear they will get smooshed together.
There you have it! A million ways to make no-bake energy ball treats, all you have left to do is decide what you’re craving! In the meantime here is my families favorite Chocolate Raspberry Hazelnut Energy Ball Treats. A little sweet a little tangy more like a healthy version of a raspberry chocolate truffle.
Equipment Recommended to Make Energy Ball Treats
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup steal oats
- 1/8 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/8 cup sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup Raspberry Jam
- 1/2 cup hazelnut spread
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until everything is well combined.
Take 1 tbsp-1 1/2 tbsp of the mixture and press together then roll together into a ball. Repeat until there is no more mixture. *** If mixture is too loose add more jam or hazelnut spread until it sticks together.
Place on cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes until firm. Then place the balls in a bag and enjoy all week long!