No Bake Energy Balls

by Jo

If like me you love a little mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack then having these no bake energy balls in the fridge is ideal for when hunger hits. This is such a quick and easy recipe that’s packed with all natural ingredients. They have a subtle banana flavour, a sweet kick of sultanas, a background hum of ginger and the soft, satisfying bite of oats. Best of all they are incredibly filling which is exactly what you need from a snack to stave off any hunger.

No Bake Energy Balls Recipe.

These are no bake energy balls, so they really are very speedy to make and minimal effort is needed for a nutritious snack. They take just 5 minutes to whip up and then after a little chill in the fridge they are ready for you to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 150g oats
  • 50g sultanas
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of peanut butter.

Method

In a large bowl mash your bananas with a fork. Then add the cinnamon, ginger, oats and sultanas and stir well with a wooden spoon. Once combined add the peanut butter and stir once more until you have an even mix.

Using clean hands, form your mix into ball shapes. You should get 12 balls from the mix, a little smaller then a ping pong ball. You can use a tablespoon measure if you like to assist with evenly portioning the mix.

Add the balls to a tray lined with greaseproof paper and chill. After 30 minutes they will be chilled enough to transfer to a bowl. Your no bake energy balls are ready to enjoy!

Recipe Overview

Banana Oat Energy Balls

A quick and healthy recipe for when you feel snacky!
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: English
Keyword: banana, energy balls, oat
Servings: 12
Calories: 94kcal
Cost: £1.50

Equipment

  • Large bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tray
  • Greaseproof paper

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas, ripe
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 150 g Oats
  • 50 g Sultanas
  • 1 tbsp Peanut butter (heaped)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl mash your bananas, then add the cinnamon, ginger and oats. Mix well.
  • Add the sultanas and peanut butter and stir well once again until the mix is evenly combined.
  • Roll the mix into 12 balls, a little smaller then a ping pong ball.
  • Chill the energy balls on a tray lined with greaseproof paper for 30 minutes before transferring to a bowl for storage.

Serving Suggestion: add chocolate

These no bake energy balls are super versatile for all times of the day. They’re great for an on-the-go breakfast, a mid morning snack, mid-afternoon snack or even for taking with you on a long walk for an energy hit.

If you fancy making these a little more indulgent for say an evening snack, why not add a chocolate twist? Melt 100g dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water and stir until melted. I love to add half a teaspoon of ginger too which adds an extra kick.

Using a fork or skewer, dip your chilled energy balls into the bowl of melted chocolate and then hold over the bowl to allow any excess chocolate to drip off. Add to a tray lined with greaseproof paper and allow the chocolate to harden. If you want a real chocolate kick, repeat the process for a delicious double layer of chocolate.

Are these banana oat energy balls vegan

Yes, they are indeed. There are no animal products in the raw no bake energy balls so they can be enjoyed by those following vegan diets. Of course if you are adding the chocolate twist then a vegan chocolate would need to be used instead.

Best bananas to use

As always, bananas for baking (and no-bake!) recipes should be nice and ripe. Green bananas are much harder so they do not mash as well, and they hold less flavour. The ideal banana for this recipe should be a rich yellow with the beginnings of brown spots. This will give you lovely soft bananas to work with and they’ll be full of rich banana flavour and aroma.

What kind of peanut butter to use

Ah the eternal battle of smooth Vs crunchy! The answer is that you can use whichever peanut butter you like best. Personally I love smooth peanut butter, and I think that smooth works really well in these banana oat energy balls because the rest of the ingredients are soft as well. But that it totally my preference, if you adore crunchy you then please use it to your heart’s content!

I would say, do try to use a good quality peanut butter with no added sugar. I really love Whole Earth who do a lovely range of crunchy, smooth and organic nut butters.

How to store your energy balls

These no bake energy balls are best served chilled, so keep them in the fridge. You can store them either in an air tight container or a bowl covered with cling film, or if you’d like to try a greener option some reusable beeswax wrap.

The energy balls will happily keep for a week, enough to see an individual through the week or to keep a family satisfied, for a while at least!

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