When I’m at on set for a long taping or on the go for meetings and shoots, it gets sooo tempting to eat unhealthy food. It’s just so easy to go to a drive-thru or go to a convenience store and buy chips or cookies, then feel full for a bit. That’s why it’s super important for me to prepare my food in advance, so when I feel like snacking and it’s difficult to buy anything healthy, I always have something with me and I don’t have to settle for a bag of fries (even if they’re seriously my favorite).
These energy balls are easy to do and easy to pack, so you won’t need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. You don’t even have to bake them. You can have them for breakfast or as a quick snack when you’re out of the house. I called them “powerful,” because they really are—they contain bananas for potassium, peanut butter for protein, oats for fiber, and flaxseeds and chia seeds for Omega-3 (it’s good for your heart). I even included chocolate chips and chocolate sprinkles in recipe to help fight cravings, especially if you love sweets.
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 2 1/2 bananas
– 1 cup of dry oatmeal (you can add more, depending on the size of the bananas)
– 1/2 cup peanut butter
– 4 Tbsp honey (you can add more or put less, depending on your taste)
– 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
– Vanilla extract
– Shredded coconut, flaxseeds, chia seeds, chocolate sprinkles, nuts (optional)
HOW TO MAKE IT:
1.First, mash the bananas in a bowl. Then, add the peanut butter, honey, dark chocolate chips, a swish of vanilla extract, and cinnamon (to taste). Mix everything.
2. Blend the oats in a blender or a food processor until the pieces are a bit more fine. Add it to your banana mixture, then mix.
3. Roll the mixture into balls. If the mixture is too wet, add more oats. If too dry, add more mashed bananas.
4. Put your choice of toppings (flaxseeds, chia seeds, shredded coconuts, chocolate chips, nuts) in separate plates. Roll the balls in them.
5. Leave the balls in the fridge so they can firm up.
6. Et voilà. You can eat these powerful balls for breakfast or make it your healthy baon. You can also have them a little before a meal so you don’t overeat. But remember, even if they’re healthy, eat them in moderation. Enjoy!
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