These Cha Cha Chai Energy Balls are essentially “healthy no-bake cookie bites.” They come together easily – as in minutes – and have a rich, complex and completely satisfying taste.
With vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, and peanut butter, you have key ingredients that help you power through the day.
They make a both a great daytime snack or a bite-sized after-dinner dessert.
These chai energy balls were inspired by a 2022 Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon winning recipe by Amy Ellenberger, so recipe credit goes to her.
Chai Spice Blend
To make these chai energy balls, you start with a chai spice blend. I make it in bulk with this combination of ingredients and amounts.
- 4 tablespoons cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons cardamom
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons allspice
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
2 cups rolled oats
In a large bowl, mix chai spice blend, oats, protein powder, chia seeds, chocolate chips, and espresso powder, plus cayenne, if desired. Add peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix thoroughly with a sturdy spatula, wooden spoon, or clean/gloved hands, until all ingredients are incorporated. Scoop and shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Makes 48 (1 ounce) balls.