Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls: one taste of these and you will think you won the lottery. They are scrumptious and satisfying; perfect for midday snacks or noshing before a workout.
They are also “no-bake,” come together in minutes and can easily be customized with your favorite ingredients.
You don’t even use a stovetop. You use one single bowl instead.
One could even consider these coconut peanut butter power balls a “healthy cookie.” We are fine with a loose definition of the term “cookie.”
These nutritious treats have wheat germ, flaxseed, oatmeal, and coconut oil. Vanilla, honey, maple syrup, and salt will round out all the flavor. Use unsweetened shredded coconut, zero-sugar chocolate chips, and peanut butter made only with peanuts, no oil or sugar added. That way, the recipe becomes a diabetes-friendly treat. You can feel good about eating them. Yay for guilt-free foods!
I often do the last mixing by hand, with either food gloves on or freshly washed hands. It helps to squeeze the “dough” tightly in your hand before shaping. You literally squish the “dough.” With this method, you get everything evenly distributed so you can taste all the ingredients in each bite.
I like to toast the coconut and vary up the shapes sometimes. Just be sure you use enough honey and coconut oil, so they can hold together and stay tender. You can also tailor the ingredients to your tastes as well, like add protein powder, chia seeds, and spice blends. Search for more variations on this creation by entering “power ball” in the search bar here, or anywhere else on the site.
I ate A LOT of no-bake cookies growing up. These “Power Balls” have that same chewy texture I love and crave. AND they help you power through the day as an on-the-go snack.
For a final tip. We invite you to come up with your own variation on this recipe. Then look for ways to “healthify” your favorite cookies, cakes, pies, and breads. Find some great tips here.
Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup quick oats
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons wheat germ
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut (or flakes), divided
In large bowl, mix until well combined: coconut oil, peanut butter, quick oats, honey, wheat germ, ground flaxseed, vanilla, maple syrup, salt, chocolate chips, and 3/4 cup coconut flakes until well combined. Scoop by heaping tablespoons (about 1 ounce each). Press tightly together and shape into balls. Roll in remaining coconut, pressing as needed to make it stick. Makes 22.
-Recipe from the Blue Ribbon Group