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No-Bake Cran-Chocolate Energy Balls

Energy balls are a fantastic snack as they are satisfying (offering a combination of protein, carbs, and fats), are portable, and easy to eat. They tend to be less expensive than store-bought bars (and without some questionable ingredients) and contain basic ingredients that you may regularly have on hand in your pantry. They are also easily customizable with just a basic recipe (for example, change up the dried fruit and/or nut butter for variety). Another positive, they are quick and easy to make and freeze well for later use!

                       Cran-Chocolate Energy Balls
                                                      By Joey Mock, RD, LD, CLT

1 ¼ cups quick cooking oats
¼ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup ground flaxseed meal
¾ cup almond nut butter
⅓ cup honey
⅛ teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
¼ cup dried cranberries, chopped
¼ cup chocolate chips

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. 
  2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes to set (this will make the balls easier to roll).
  3. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Use a tablespoon to scoop mixture* and roll into about 20-24 balls. Place on wax paper.
  4. Store balls in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage. 
  5. Enjoy!
*Time saving tip: One of my favorite kitchen tools, a 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop, works great to quickly scoop the mixture into evenly sized balls.
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