Below is the basic recipe I use for a quick and yummy energy ball snack.
The type of nut butter you use does change it a bit. If it's drier like the grind-your-own kind (I like to use those) then the additional coconut oil will be a must. If it's super wet already, then you may have to add more oats. It's just a give and take until you get it so it forms a ball that sticks together.
I mix all the dry ingredients together first, THEN pour in the wet and mix some more. Much easier this way.
You can make a double batch. (RECOMMENDED) They keep pretty long and you can freeze the other half, or store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Buy and store whole flax seeds in the freezer and grind them as you need them. Keeps much longer. A little coffee grinder works well.
For nut allergies: In place of the almond or peanut butter, try sunflower seed butter.
Recipe: makes about 12 good sized energy balls
1 1/4 cups Rolled oats
2 tablespoons "power mix-ins": I like to use flax seeds, hemp seeds (hearts), and chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup mix-ins — Options could be mini chocolate chips, dried fruit, raisins...or more oats if you don't want any of that
1/2 cup nut butter of choice
1/3 cup sticky liquid sweetener of choice — honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil for a richer taste and to make it stickier if too dry
Optional: for some more protein and vitamins, I add in a couple tablespoons of my morning protein shake (it’s also a prenatal vitamin and its delicious).
*Mix together dry ingredients well, then add in wet and mix until it can form balls but is not too sticky. You can put it in the fridge for about 30min to help firm up. Roll into the size balls of your choice and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from https://www.wellplated.com/energy-balls/