Nuts… a totally versatile food!
We love the versatility of nuts! There are so many different ways to cook with nuts, especially if you are a vegetarian or vegan, nuts are an excellent way to get protein into your diet. Nuts can be added to salads instead of croutons, used as a breading for chicken instead of breadcrumbs… the possibilities are endless. We love this recipe for Energy Nut Balls because they are a fun way to snack with nuts.
Nuts are an April Foods of the Month. Nuts include things like peanuts, cashews, walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, and pistachios. This Energy Nut Balls recipe uses peanuts, but you can get creative and add others if you wish. However, remember that when cooking with or eating nuts, moderation is key. Because they are high in fat, enjoy nuts as a treat vs. a regular snack. One serving size of nuts its usually about 1/4 of a cup. Expect to find about 180 calories and 15 grams of (good!) fat in this same serving. The great news is that the fat in nuts is the healthy, heart friendly kind (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat).
For this Energy Nut Balls recipe, keep this serving size suggestion in mind. Limit yourself to one of these energy balls per day to keep you feeling full while also providing your body with good nutrition.
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
- 1 cup whole oats
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup crushed peanuts (no salt added)
- Use a stand mixer or a mixing bow and a wooden spoon to combine the honey, all natural peanut butter, whole oats, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
- Once the mixture is complete, use an ice cream scooper or tablespoon to form small balls about 1 inch big.
- Add the crushed peanuts to a shallow dish or bowl and roll each of the energy balls into the crushed peanuts to coat.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the balls set, then serve.