I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a competition of any sort (a race, a crossfit competition, etc.) I have a tendency to have to force myself to eat through the nerves and jitters. Tasty little bites like these help give my body the fuel it needs without the hassle of having to go get or make “real” food.
This is my second try on these! The first ones I made gave out really sticky and sweet and were just not something I would want people to make and be like “what is wrong with this lady?!” LOL They had great macro profile, but I’ve decided that it’s okay for these to have a little fat in them.
Especially since I’m usually able to get lots of protein and carbs down through shakes made with nutrabio whey isolate and super carb when I am at a crossfit competition. Plus they’re super portable! Keeping them in a cooler is nice but not necessary.
Give these a shot for a hike, bike, picnic, competition, race, or road trip!
(P.S. I’m pumped about the photo because I actually got to take it in natural light!)
Chocolate Chip Energy Balls
Per ball: 156 calories, 6.5 fat, 22.7 carbs, 4.8 protein
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 60 grams honey 0r 11.5 tbsp
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats rolled oats or quick oats work fine
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp maca powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 scoop nutrabio whey isolate vanilla
- 1 oz dark chocolate morsels ok fine i didn't actually weigh these out
Mix the honey and almond butter together first to get a sticky base going.
Add in each of the dry ingredients other than the chocolate chips.
Mix everything together. It could get to a sticky but crumbly texture. this is when you can start to form it with your hands. If the mixture is too dry you can add more sticky base--so more almond butter and honey. I made it just barely sticky enough to hold together.
At this point, I added the chocolate chips by scattering them in evenly. Then I formed them into maybe a small golf ball size and ended up with 14 balls.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge and that will help them firm up more!
*Rolled oats or quick oats will work, but rolled oats will provide a bit chewier texture. All I had on hand were quick oats so that is what I used.