Granola energy balls provide a powerful punch of energy and healthy benefits. Make them quickly and easily then refrigerate to keep the energy flowing all week. These little power balls are a great sweet and crunchy snack that travels well for work or play. See why kids, teenagers, and adults keep coming back for more of this recipe for breakfast or snack!
Energy Balls are a Healthy Snack
Why are granola energy balls a healthy snack? They are all natural and prepared at home easily with wholesome ingredients. They are packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These natural peanut butter balls with oats leave you feeling full so you won’t eat as much during the day or snack on unhealthy alternatives. This protein balls recipe fills you with energy so you get going and burn calories. Most importantly, the dark chocolate provides a message to your brain that you have had a sweet treat and you release those feel good endorphins!
Snack That May Help to Lower Blood Pressure
Granola energy balls contain a combination of ingredients that may help to lower blood pressure. Peanuts have arginine, an amino acid that widens blood vessels. Walnuts are loaded with Omega-3, fiber and magnesium, the trio that help blood pressure fighters. Dark raisins have potassium and catechins that are powerful antioxidants that boost blood flow.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate may promote lower blood pressure and heart health. Sunflower seeds have a compound that blocks an enzyme that causes blood vessels to constrict so they may help blood vessels relax and lower blood pressure. They also contain magnesium and are rich in unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid. Now, this isn’t medical advice – you can ask your physician for that. It is, however, food for thought on a delicious way to help you make heart healthy choices!
Energy Balls are Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Snack
Energy balls are available at the grocery store. However they are full of ingredients to preserve shelf life instead of my life. They are also expensive for the amount in a tiny package. The recipe for these granola bites is super easy – just dump the ingredients in a bowl, mix by hand, refrigerate 30 minutes and roll them out. Ready to eat in a hurry and satisfying.
They are so refreshing out of the refrigerator on a hot day. You can serve them room temperature for breakfast, snacks, before or after working out, road trips, or after school. They are a pick-me-up in the office for an afternoon snack that leaves you ready to go instead of washed and and wishing to go. The ingredients are easy to shop for. You may already have them in your pantry. Go ahead and fix a batch today. You and your body will be glad you did. Enjoy!
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- 1 cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal, Uncooked
- ½ cup Natural Peanut Butter
- ¼ cup Honey
- ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips or Chopped Dark Chocolate (Chopping the chocolate provides more chocolate goodness in each bite)
- ⅓ cup Dark Raisins
- ⅓ cup Sunflower Seeds Shelled (Be sure to use shelled seeds)
- ½ cup Peanuts, Chopped
- ½ cup Walnuts, Chopped
- Mix all ingredients for power balls by hand in a large bowl.
- Chill mixture for 30 minutes in refrigerator.
- Roll into 1/2 to 1 inch energy balls.
- Ready to eat and enjoy!