Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I don’t know about you, but by early afternoon I’m totally dragging most days! I love having an easy, tasty snack on-hand that will give me that nice pick-me-up with plenty of healthy stuff inside. One of my favs lately are these Peanut Butter Energy Balls!

Peanut Butter Energy Balls / by Busy Mom's Helper for SayNotSweetAnne.com #PeanutButter #HealthySnack #Energy

These are real easy to make, and you can just store them in a container for a few days to snack on when you need a little extra ‘boost’ throughout the day. My kiddos even love it when I share, and I enjoy giving them something healthy to eat!

Peanut Butter Energy Balls / by Busy Mom's Helper for SayNotSweetAnne.com #PeanutButter #HealthySnack #Energy

There’s so many ways you can change these up by adding different ingredients. My hubby prefers white chocolate chips and craisins in his. I like more chocolate chips, sometimes mini marshmallows even! So don’t be afraid to try some of your favorite little mix-ins to really make a great treat!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. Extract (vanilla or other – I use a Marshmallow one, just 1/2 tbsp)
  • 1-2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup or more Chocolate Chips, if desired
  • Any other ingredients you’d like to add (such as dried fruit, coconut flakes, nuts, etc.)

Directions

  1. In a pot, over medium heat, mix the Brown Sugar, Peanut Butter, Milk and Extract. Stir regularly until completely smooth.
  2. Stir in the Oats and remove from heat. Add the chocolate and/or any other ingredients.
  3. Form into balls and store covered. It does stay better/longer if refrigerated, but it doesn’t have to be – unless you add an ingredient that does)

Peanut Butter Energy Balls / by Busy Mom's Helper for SayNotSweetAnne.com #PeanutButter #HealthySnack #Energy

 

What are YOUR favorite pick-me-up snacks for those afternoon slumps?

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