These powerballs are the perfect option for your little athlete or yourself as a pre and/or post workout snack! I pop one every morning before hitting the gym, my husband relies on them for afternoon snackage to get him through the workday and all three of my kids keep them as a staple in their backpack to keep them fueled after school during practices!
As their name implies, these powerballs are not only delicious, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch! Little does your family know they are packed full of protein, healthy fats and carbs to help them perform at their best! Knowing my family is enjoying whole and healthy clean treats makes my heart the happiest.
The older my kids get the less and less they want to indulge in my home cooked meals. If there is something I make that they love, I make it often! These are on our weekly meal prep rotation. They are super simple to throw together and you most likely have all the ingredients in your pantry. The best part about these little gems is you can’t mess them up. Play around with the ingredients, customize to your families liking and enjoy!
Our favorite mix-ins are Enjoy Life chocolate chips. My kids think the batter tastes just like cookie dough. If you’re worried about added sugars you can always skip the chocolate chips and substitute chopped nuts or seeds instead. Dried fruit is also a great addition. There is no wrong combo with powerballs, get creative!
I’ve had so many comments from readers about texture from other powerball recipes being slightly off and I’ve found a few factors that set these apart from the rest. First, the peanut butter. I’ve been making these for many years now and I’ve found that the best peanut butter to use is Adams all natural NO-STIR. It makes all the difference in the overall texture. I grab mine at my local Kroger store for about $3. The ingredients are super clean and there is no added sugar.
Second, don’t skip breaking down your oats. I like to pulse mine in the blend-tec once or twice, just enough to lessen the chunks. The finer texture helps the ingredients stick together better.
Third, use your Kitchen Aid, it’s a game changer. It yields perfect “dough” every single time. When I first started making these I used a bowl and a wooden spoon and it took twice as long to mix. It’ll still do the trick if you don’t have access to a stand mixer, no worries!
Lastly, use a cookie scoop to make your balls. It saves time and makes 36 perfectly shaped servings. Put your kids to work for this part. Not only will they love to help you, they will be more likely to eat their homemade treat!
Did you know my Powerballs were the very FIRST recipe I shared on IG over four years ago? Now they are not only a whole family favorite in our home, but in yours too! Nothing makes me happier knowing you are enjoying our recipes with your families. Thank you for visiting, I’m so happy you’re here!
I recently made my first video with the help from my friend Erin at Meaningful Eats (check out her page, its full of gluten free goodness). We had so much fun and there will definitely be more videos to come soon! It seemed only fitting to film my very first recipe I ever posted to Instagram for my very first video FOUR YEARS LATER! I hope you guys love it! Xo
Yield 32 balls
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (slightly broken down in the blender)
- 1 cup peanut butter (I use Adams all natural no stir)
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2-1 cup mix ins (mini chocolate chips, dried fruit or nuts)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/8 cup hemp seeds
- 1/8 cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- dash of sea salt
- Combine all dry ingredients in a kitchen-aid mixing bowl.
- Using the paddle attachment, mix until well blended.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until a "dough" forms.
- Scoop into balls with a 2-inch cookie scoop.
- Place onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.