I whipped up a batch of these after school the other day and delivered some to a friend on the school run this morning. They went down well with both her family and mine.
These No Bake Nutty Energy Balls are great for an after school snack or quick energy boosting snack to put in packed lunches. The recipe contains rather a lot of nuts so please be mindful of those with nut allergies and check with your child's school as they may have a nut-free lunches policy.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup ground almonds
½ cup finely chopped dates
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
80ml honey or golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat the peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe jug for 30 seconds which will make it easier to mix the ingredients together. Stir in the vanilla and ensure the wet ingredients are totally combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until everything is thoroughly incorporated. Put the mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes to chill then roll into balls. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to a week.
I decided to dip half the balls in some melted dark chocolate for a slightly more decadent treat. Dip the chilled balls in dark chocolate then put them on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Chill once again in the fridge until the chocolate has set.