Monster Energy Balls

Monster Energy Balls

Monster Energy Balls are like channeling your favorite peanut butter-packed, M&M-filled Monster Cookies into a more nutritious snack — an energy bite!

Image of Monster Energy Bites in a bowl

Image of Monster Energy Bites in a bowl

This Monster Energy Balls recipe is a BONUS recipe as part of our Back-To-School Lifesavers — a series of recipes that are intended to have little (or no) veggie chopping, minimal prep time, around 10 ingredients or less (not including pantry staples), and use kid-friendly ingredients. This (obviously) isn’t a dinner recipe, but a fun back-to-school snack or addition to a balanced breakfast. Click here to see all the recipes in the series!

Monster Energy Balls

I love having some warm chewy chocolate chip cookies on the table for my kiddos after their first day of school, but this year I’m going the more nutritious route and serving these monster energy balls instead!

My boys love monster cookies and love energy bites so why not combine the two into the perfect after-school snack?!

QUICK TIP

For gluten-free Monster Energy Balls: While the ingredients in these balls are naturally gluten-free, make sure to check all the ingredient labels to verify they weren’t processed in a facility with gluten.

Process shots-- images of the oats, and remaining ingredients being added to the bowl and rolled into balls

Process shots-- images of the oats, and remaining ingredients being added to the bowl and rolled into balls

Monster Energy Ball Ingredients

While these energy balls contain fairly standard ingredients (no stops to specialty health stores required!), I have a few notes about specific ingredients worth mentioning.

  • Quick oats. Most of the energy ball recipes on this site use old-fashioned oats, but since we aren’t pulsing or blending this mixture, we use quick oats. They will absorb the liquid mixture quicker and since the oats are smaller, they will be less overwhelming in these energy balls.
  • Honey. Before pouring the honey into a measuring cup, give the measuring cup a quick spritz with cooking spray and prepare to be amazed as the honey glides right out — right into the bowl with no scraping!
  • Peanut butter. Peanut butter varies quite a bit from brand to brand. You’ll see this especially if you use natural peanut butter that requires stirring– versus conventional peanut butter with a few additives. I use Skippy® creamy peanut butter in these balls (not sponsored). It’s salted, a little sweetened, and it uses roasted peanuts (which adds loads of flavor without any additional effort on your part).
  • Salt. Depending on the peanut butter used, you may want to adjust how much salt you add. If you’re using peanut butter with no salt added, you may want to add a touch more salt to the mixture. On the flip side, if you’re using salty peanut butter or are sensitive to salt, cut back on the salt.
  • Vanilla extract. I recommend real, pure vanilla extract and not imitation vanilla — here’s the difference.
  • Miniature chocolate chips. If you want to keep these Monster Energy Balls as nutritious as possible, use dark chocolate miniature chocolate chips. (Dark chocolate has antioxidants and other healthful properties.)
  • M&M® Minis baking bits. I recommend buying the baking bits, as opposed to buying the small tubes of miniature M&M’s. The baking bits are cheaper and easier to find as opposed to small tubes of miniature M&Ms. These baking bits can usually be found with other baking chips in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

VARIATIONS

 Variation Ideas

Monster Energy Bites are very adaptable. As long as you can get a consistency that holds together as a granola ball, you’ll be golden.

  • Swap out peanut butter for different nut butter. Other nut butters can be drier than peanut butter — you’ll know you need more if the mixture is crumbly and not coming together nicely. Add additional nut butter slowly; use 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
  • Change up the chocolate. Use coarsely chopped chocolate instead of miniature chocolate chips or replace the chocolate chips/M&Ms with a different mix-in (think finely nuts, chopped craisins, toffee chips, or coconut flakes).

Image of Monster Energy Bites ready to be eaten

Image of Monster Energy Bites ready to be eaten

STORAGE

Monster Energy Ball Storage

We like to enjoy a few of these right as we make them. Then we’ll store some in the fridge to eat throughout the week and freeze the rest (if there are leftovers, that is!).

To freeze: Space the Monster Energy Balls on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer.

To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop these nuggets in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. (When they’re completely frozen they are hard to eat, but don’t feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating — we enjoy them still a bit frozen– they’re delicious that way!)

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Monster Energy Balls

Monster Energy Balls are like channeling your favorite peanut butter-packed, M&M-filled Monster Cookies into a more nutritious snack — an energy bite!

Monster Energy Balls

Monster Energy Balls are like channeling your favorite peanut butter-packed, M&M-filled Monster Cookies into a more nutritious snack — an energy bite!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (290g) quick oats
  • 1 cup (257g) creamy peanut butter (we love Skippy)
  • 1/2 cup (177g) honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (98g) miniature M&Ms
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (60g) miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  • COMBINE: Combine all of the ingredients in a very large bowl. Using a hand mixer on low speed, beat until a thick mixture is formed. (Or do this in a stand mixer.) See Note 1.

  • ROLL: Use a 1-tablespoon measuring spoon or 1-1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the dough and then tightly roll into balls (Note 2). Once rolled, place in the fridge (on a parchment paper-lined plate or tray so they don’t stick) to firm up for about 30 mins to an hour and then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or freeze (see next step).
  • FREEZE: To freeze, space the energy balls on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. When these bites are completely frozen, they are very hard to eat, but don’t feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating — we enjoy them still a bit frozen. They’re delicious that way!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Since there can be great variations in specific ingredients (especially peanut butter), you may need to add a bit more oats or a bit more peanut butter/honey to the mixture. If the mixture is too wet and sticky (and not rolling nicely into a ball), add a few more oats and re-mix everything. If the mixture is too dry (and crumbling), add more peanut butter and/or honey and re-mix everything until you can easily roll the balls. If these do seem too moist, keep in mind that oats continue to absorb liquid and may just need a little time to firm up.
Note 2: With a good cookie scoop, the dough can just be scooped and packed tightly in scoop then placed on a plate instead of requiring the effort of rolling individual balls. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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