Packed with oats, flaxseeds, and peanut butter, these no-bake M&Ms energy balls can be a great healthy snack to whip up when you’re hit by a hunger pang.
There are some days when I’m just craving to dig into a little snack between my meals, and then, when I do, I end up feeling guilty for all those extra calories. I’m sure I’m not alone.
And for those days, I recently made myself a batch of these mini M&M energy balls. They are just what they sound like- a mix of healthy ingredients and a sneaky little addition of my favorite M&Ms thrown in.
Needless to say, they have become my absolute favorite! Want to give it a try too? Here’s what you need to know before you do.
What Else Can I Add-In?
These M&M energy balls are super versatile. I’ve just relied on a few of my favorite ingredients, but feel free to tweak them around a bit and add in your own favorites based on your preference. Here are a few good possible additions you can consider.
- Coconut flakes
- Semisweet chocolate chips
- Protein powder
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried berries
- Chopped almonds
- Crushed walnuts
- Date puree
You can also swap the peanut butter for any nut butter of your choice. To sweeten the energy balls, you can replace the honey with some maple syrup too.
How Do I Store These Mini M&Ms Energy Balls?
These energy balls are the perfect make and store kind of recipe. You can make them in a batch, just like I did, and then refrigerate them for later. Just transfer them to an airtight container or a Ziploc bag and refrigerate them for up to a week.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the M&Ms Energy Balls
Ready to get started with this easy recipe? Here are a few cool tips and tricks to get you going.
- If you’re trying out this recipe with some other ingredients, remember that you will need four ingredients to put these energy balls together- oats, nut butter, some mix-ins, and a sticky syrup to bind it all.
- If you’re adding in some more mix-ins to this recipe, you might want to adjust the amount of the nut butter and sweetener you’re adding in so that you get those perfect balls.
- Don’t forget to add in the vanilla extract. It may not seem like a lot, but it adds in a ton of flavor!
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
Whipped up your own batch of these delicious energy balls? Here’s how you can serve them right.
- The beauty of these energy balls is that they need absolutely no effort to put together and serve. You can grab them and enjoy them just like that. They are kid-friendly too!
- If you’re looking to make it a healthy snack to serve to your kiddos, you can team them up with a glass of milk too!
- If you’re making them for a few friends coming over, you can place individual energy balls in cupcake liners, and serve them that way too!
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Mini M&Ms Energy Balls
- 1 ½ c quick oats
- ½ c creamy peanut butter
- ¼ c honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- ½ c mini M&Ms
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well until completely combined.
- Refrigerate for one hour.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a cookie scoop to gather mixture, and drop spoonfuls onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Freeze for 2 hours, remove and store in an airtight container.