PB&J Energy Balls
If you haven’t heard yet, I am back in the peanut butter club! About two years ago, I took an intolerance test and my results said I was severely intolerant to PB. Now, at the time, I was eating peanut butter about four times a day. I legitimately put it on everything. My oatmeal, my toast, my carrots, my granola bars… everything. So, needless to say, this news rocked me and was not easy for me to take in.
But I never fully trusted the results of the test. If anything, I knew I was probably eating more peanut butter than a normal person should. And I don’t consider myself “normal” by any means, but I know that eating that much peanut butter probably wasn’t the best for me. However, I don’t think my body reacted poorly to the treat. In fact, my digestive issues didn’t magically go away once I cut peanut butter out- which I did, cold turkey. In fact, for two years, I didn’t touch this nut butter. I ate almond butter until I liked it and yes- it was a great sub- but I knew it didn’t measure up to the visions of peanut butter that danced in my head.
Flash forward two years when I asked myself for the first time sincerely why the heck I listened to this test so diligently when I never thought the results were true?
Good question, Olivia. Good question.
So, here we are, back to my normal routine of eating peanut butter. I don’t eat it nearly as much as I used to- I try and mix in almond butter and cashews/macadamias/pistachios to my normal routine to switch it up- but I enjoy it on a daily basis. Something I was most excited to eat it with again? Jam. I always was a huge PB&J girl growing up, and while I enjoy my “big girl” versions (fancy bread, mashed berries instead of preserves, toasted in a pan, tons of seeds as toppings), I also love the classic, simple combo.
These energy balls are inspired by that combo. Sure, they may be a bit more “adult” than your basic white bread, peanut butter, and jelly combo, but the flavors are all still there. Plus, unlike every other no bake recipe in the world (guilty as charged), they don’t use dates (amazing, I know).
I hope you guys enjoy these GF, Vegan, and Refined Sugar Free energy balls- perfect for a midday pick me up or pre/post workout treat J
What is your favorite childhood classic meal? I love PB&J, but tuna fish is high up there on my list as well!
- 8 dried mission figs (no sugar added)
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 Tbsp naturally sweetened jam
In a food processor or blender, blend oats until they break down a bit, but not to the point where they are a flour. Remove them and place them into a medium size bowl. Now, add the figs and water into the machine, pulsing until a paste like substance is formed (note: the consistency won’t be completely smooth, but it will be sticky!). Add in the peanut butter, vanilla, and salt, blending until thoroughly mixed.
Add this mixture on top of the oats, using a wooden spoon to incorporate all together. Add in the almond milk, a little at a time, to ensure the mixture is wet enough to stick together.
Using your hands, start to form little balls of the mixture. Press a finger down into the top of the ball, and scoop a bit of the jam into the hole. Cover back up with excess mixture.
Place the energy balls into a container and into the fridge to harden up. Enjoy! (And prepare to get really messy while eating!)