There, I said it.
Raw, vegan, all-singing, all-dancing…balls.
PB for peanut butter. Awww yeah. Use almond butter if you fancy. But we can’t be friends if you don’t like peanut butter.
Since my first offroad race last April, I have made these before every race since. Not that I’m a creature of habit or anything.
I tend to eat these before my run, rather than on my run. They sit on top of my obligatory bowl of pre-race porridge. You can take the girl out of Scotland…
In a nutshell, deez balls:
- Don’t require any fancy equipment
- Only use 5 ingredients
- Are dairy-free
- Are really quick and simple to make
- Transport and freeze well
- Taste phenom. OBVS. #omg etc.
- Are packed full of energy
5 ingredient chia PB oat balls
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: None
Chilling time: An hour or so (pop them in the freezer to speed it up)
Serve with: On top of oatmeal, porridge or yoghurt
Freezes well? Yep!
- 1 cup of jumbo oats
- 1 cup of regular oats
- 1/2 cup of liquid sweetener (I used agave)
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
- Put all of the ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix them all together.
- Allow the mixture to chill for 20 minutes or so in the fridge until it is semi or nearly set.
- Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture into your hand, then shape into a ball.
- Repeat until the mixture is finished, then pop the balls back into the fridge to set.
- Once they are all firmed up and set, put them in an airtight container. Or eat them. Or bathe in them. Whatever you’re into.
This mixture is tasty with a sprinkling of cinnamon or a little bit of rock salt.
You can use 2 cups of regular oats if you don’t have jumbo oats around.
I wouldn’t advise 2 cups of jumbo oats as they don’t stick together as well. In fact, regular oats are probably the best for sticking together.
The initial mixture should be kind of mealy, and wet enough to squeeze into a rough ball before it goes into the fridge. The coconut oil helps it all firm up as the mixture sets.
Smooth PB works slightly better than crunchy. But if like me you are an avid crunchy fan, then it works just fine too!
If the mixture looks a bit wet, add some more oats.
If the mixture feels like it won’t hold together, add a squidge of sweetener and a little bit more melted oil.
Enjoy my balls.