Trail Mix Energy Balls are a quick healthy snack using peanut butter, honey, oats, and m&m trail mix. They have no added sugar (other than the candies!), and are made with pantry essentials you probably have on hand. Trail Mix Energy Balls are a perfect quick healthy snack for lunch boxes and after school.
What Ingredients Are In Trail Mix Energy Balls?
All of my energy balls are made with a base of the same 3 ingredients: oats, peanut butter, and honey. Ground flax and chia seeds are optional. For Trail Mix Energy Balls, you also need trail mix. I use trail mix that has m&m's but you can use any kind of trail mix you want.
Oats: I use old fashioned or quick oats. Old fashioned oats are bigger flakes so they have a heartier texture but either one works great. They are both full of protein, fiber, and minerals like zinc and iron. Because of all these vitamins and minerals, oats keep the belly full for longer!
Peanut butter: peanut butter is the glue that keeps the balls together. You can substitute almond butter or other nut butters, although I haven't done this yet. Peanut butter has a ton of protein. (and what kid doesn't love peanut butter!)
Honey: honey is an all natural sweetener, which gives the energy balls a hint of sweetness.
Ground flax: this is an optional ingredient, but you can barely taste it! It is full of omega-3s and cancer-fighting minerals. I love adding flax for this reason. The kids won't have a clue it's there, trust me!
Chia seeds: another optional ingredient. I like adding 1-2 tablespoons of chia in my energy balls because it is high in fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3s. If you don't know if you like chia seeds, start with a smaller amount. Some people don't like the texture when there are too many. When chia is immersed in liquid, a gooey shell forms around the seed, which can feel gooey.
How Are Trail Mix Energy Balls Made?
Making energy balls is SO EASY and takes just a few minutes! Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix using a spoon. I prefer starting with a spoon and then using my hand. I just feel like you can evenly disperse the ingredients better this way.
You can even use an electric stand mixer and on the low setting using a dough hook, mix for a few minutes. This works just as well as using your hand, but is not my preferred method because then I have more to clean :).
Once you're done mixing, roll the batter into about 1 inch balls (approximately 2 tablespoons of batter). You can make them bigger or smaller, but this seems like the rule of thumb for energy ball size. If the balls don't stick well, add a little more peanut butter, a few tablespoons at a time. Put the balls on parchment paper or a plate and chill for a few hours.
But wait, you said they only take a few minutes! Now i have to wait? Nope, you can totally eat them without chilling! I always taste one, give one to the hungry family, and then chill the rest for later. I think they are even better once the batter sets for a bit.
Can They Be Frozen?
Yes! Part of my recipe development process is figuring out if I can freeze what i want to make! I LOVE making snacks and lunches that can be frozen and then defrosted for really busy mornings and weeks.
To freeze energy balls, put them in a freezer baggie and store in the freezer for about 3 months or so. I like making a double batch and freezing half for our extra busy days!
Trail Mix Energy Balls
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup trail mix
- 2 tbsp ground flax (optional)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand or using an electric mixer until batter sticks to itself.
- Roll into ½ o 1 inch balls, depending on your preference.
- Serve immediately or chill on parchment paper to set ingredients.