Joanna Gaines has always said that because a snack is sweet doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. That’s why I went searching through Joanna’s blog, Magnolia, for ideas on fall snacks that we’d be happy to serve our kids—and happy to sneak for ourselves.
I found Joanna’s recipe for a treat she calls Power Balls, which taste like cookie dough but are super-high in fibre and protein. What better way to tempt the kids away from junk food than a healthy treat with peanut butter and chocolate chips?
Joanna’s formula for guilt-free snacking
Joanna’s Power Balls recipe is about one-third oats (think: fibre and complex carbs), one-third nut butters (she uses peanut and almond) and seeds (flax and chia) and one-third coconut and chocolate with a touch of honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup flax seed
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1/3 cup organic peanut butter
- 1/2 cup organic almond butter
- 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix together all of the dry ingredients (the first five) in one medium bowl. Mix together all of the wet ingredients (everything else) in another medium bowl.
- Once both mixtures have an even texture, pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture while continuously stirring.
- Scoop out the mixture and shape into 1-inch balls. (A large kitchen spoon is great to use for rounding out the shape, or you can just use your hands.)
- Last but not least, pop your energy bites into the refrigerator so they stay firm until they’re ready to be eaten.
Joanna’s pro tip: If the mixture is too gooey, try putting it in the fridge for 20-25 minutes. (Prepping more snacks for the week ahead? These no-bake energy ball recipes are super easy to make in advance.)
With only a handful of ingredients, Joanna’s recipe is a cinch and it’s also super customizable. It’s easy to substitute another nut butter for the peanut butter. It’s also easy to toss in a handful of coconut flakes to taste. For an extra boost, Joanna recommends adding 1 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder. You could even add raisins or any of your favourite dried fruits!
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