Oatmeal Energy Balls PLUS Protein

These are a delicious no-bake, oatmeal energy balls PLUS protein snack for the entire family! (Yes, my husband, toddlers, and I love them!)

The recipe is below. After that, you will see a review on each ingredient. I highly recommend checking out some of the ingredients I linked below, as they are clean, sourced in the US, and organic. My favs!

There is a bonus version of oatmeal energy balls plus protein for nursing Mamas, both filling and milk-producing!!!

Oatmeal Energy Balls Plus Protein

The Deets…

I’ve made oatmeal balls several different ways for years now. When I was nursing my first son, I struggled with my milk supply. Therefore, I was on the hunt for anything that would increase my supply.

A healthy snack that would give more energy and keep me full would help too. I started to combine all of the best ingredients for increasing my supply together and came up with these delicious balls. 

Don’t worry though, if you aren’t nursing, you won’t start leaking milk randomly! My husband and two toddler boys love snacking on these too!

It turns out these ingredients are just darn healthy all around.

These oatmeal energy balls plus protein are super versatile! You can leave out or substitute many of the ingredients AND you can add in some of your favorites.

For example, you can remove the brewers yeast if you are not nursing or needing those nutrients. If there is a peanut or coconut allergy in the family, substitute with your favorite nut butter and omit the coconut.

Add even more protein than what is already in these and benefits of collagen by adding in a couple scoops of Collagen Peptides. You can also add in your favorite protein powder. I would suggest a non-flavored, peanut butter, or chocolate one.


No Bake, Oatmeal Energy Balls Plus Protein

Yield: around 50 balls

Prep Time: 15 min

Best to Eat: After a couple hours in refrigerator

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. You want the consistency to be sticky, as you will need to form them into balls. Try adding more honey and peanut butter if you find it to be dry. It’s easiest to combine if you use an electric mixer, I love this one.
  2. Roll into balls. You choose how big you want them. I prefer about 1-2 Tablespoons for portion control. As you roll, place them in a container that you have a tight lid for. Layer using wax paper to avoid sticking.
  3. Refrigerate in a sealed container. Enjoy for a week or two!

Make Bars Instead of Balls

Instead of taking the time to form about 50 balls, press into a 9×13 pan. Refrigerate a couple of hours and cut into homemade granola bars!

The Goods & Why They Are So Good For You!

Oatmeal Energy Balls PLUS Protein

Oatmeal. Did you know that oatmeal is one of the healthiest grains we can eat? Not only is it a great option for everyone, but it has many benefits for women specifically.

First, it is high in iron, protein, and fiber! No wonder oatmeal is often one of the first foods we feed our babies! Second, oatmeal has also been known to help increase some women’s milk supply. These organic oats are the foundation for the Oatmeal Energy Balls PLUS Protein.

Chia Seeds. Who else secretly loves when these little guys get stuck in their mouth and are gummy snacks for later? Ha! These tiny seeds are packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3s. Chia Seeds are my secret way to get extra nutrients in my diet. Sprinkle them on oatmeal, blend in your shakes, and more!

Hemp Hearts. Hemp hearts come from the hemp seed. They are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great plant protein source and contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals.

There are many evidence-based studies on why they are excellent for women’s health…PMS and Menopause specifically. (More info) These are my fav hemp hearts!

Brewers Yeast. Have you ever heard that a beer can help boost your milk supply? This is how I discovered this ingredient. Brewers yeast is also nutrient dense, containing high amounts of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and selenium. Be careful not to add too much of this powder as your bites can turn pretty bitter fast. My favorite brand to use is Mommy Knows Best. I bought this online! (You can omit if you are not nursing to avoid the brew flavor)

Shredded Coconut. Helpful with weight loss, very rich in fiber, rich in minerals, and may even be beneficial for people with high blood sugar. This is my go to brand of coconut.

Nursing Mamas: Essential fatty acids are part of what breast milk is made of and coconut is high in them! Aside from adding these to the balls, consider drinking coconut water and using coconut butter on cracked nipples. 

Ground Flax Seed. When flax seed is ground it releases all of its goodness for your body. Flax seeds have a wealth of nutrients including more Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber! There is also a surprising amount of protein in them too. This is another secret way to add nutrients in your diet by sprinkling flax seeds on almost anything. 

Peanut Butter. This is where a lot of the flavor comes from in these balls. Of course you can substitute with any nut butter, but honestly nothing is better than my friend PB. PB is loaded with protein and part of why these bites are filling! When shopping for peanut butter, look for no added sugars or oils. This jar of peanut butter checks all the boxes.

Honey. It’s what holds these balls together. If you notice they are dry as you roll them, mix in more honey. Personally, I use local honey that is made just down the street from my house. I have seasonal allergies and consuming local honey is known to help with them! Plus, it tastes a lot better than any honey from the grocery store. Honey also has a low glycemic index in comparison with table sugar, helping lower blood sugar levels and possibly helping with weight loss. 

Chocolate. My best friend. I was on the search for the best chocolate chips, both in taste and in nutrients. We have all heard that dark chocolate is good for you, but that wasn’t enough for me. When I found these chips I was WOWED. I can’t wait to try more of their products.

Oatmeal Energy PLUS Protein Balls
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