Power Balls

Now, don’t laugh at the name of this recipe. They really are balls of power. How could they not be? They’re filled with peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, ground flax seed, and dark chocolate. Balls of deliciousness might be more accurate.

I first tasted these at an event hosted by my running group, Tampa Bay Fit. We had a run at a park in Clearwater, and after, a potluck breakfast. one of the coaches brought these. And I HAD to have the recipe. I made them for the first time to let my Ragnar team taste them, because I planned to bring them to the race. But once my husband tasted them…well, they’ve been a staple in our house ever since.
The most important thing to remember when you’re making them is to wet your hands with a little water when forming the balls. It works like a charm. Nothing will stick to you.
They’re great for a quick, on the run breakfast, or a nutritious afternoon snack. Make them soon, and then go out and go for a run!

Power Balls
Adapted from Coach Sheila’s recipe
I’ve added metric measurements, so you can go ahead and take out your cooking scale if you have one. Then you only make one bowl and one fork dirty. My kind of cooking!

1 cup natural peanut butter–smooth (285 grams)
1 cup honey (350 grams)
3 cups oatmeal (old fashioned–NOT quick cooking or instant) (350 grams) (or if you’re going without nuts–420 grams–an extra 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup ground flax seed (60 grams)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional, see above)
1 3.5 or 4 oz bar good quality dark chocolate–chopped finely (or 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Mix the honey and peanut butter until smooth
Add the oats, flax seed, chocolate and nuts (if using) and stir until well mixed
Wet your hands with some water and form into balls of about 1 tablespoon in size. They don’t have to be exact. Re-wet your hands as necessary.
Refrigerate balls on a sheet pan overnight. When firm, put in a covered container and enjoy at will. Keeps practically indefinitely in the fridge, but they don’t last long in my house!
Makes about 45 balls

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