These peanut butter and jelly energy balls are a healthy energizing snack with a surprise in the middle! Bite into one and enjoy the jelly filling oozing out….yum!
Well, I hate to be the one to say it…but back to school/work season is upon us. I know there are still a few weeks left of summer, (which I’m holding onto!) but wherever I look people seem to be getting ready for the inevitable Fall that is just around the corner.
The good news is that means plenty of delicious snacks, meal prep, and cozy Fall recipes are also just around the corner. And who can resist a delicious warming curry or pumpkin spice everything? But I’m getting ahead of myself here…
For now, I’m still going to enjoy the sunny weather and make as many popsicles as my heart desires. Also, I’m going to eat as many of these peanut butter and jelly energy balls as my heart desires, because they are the BOMB.
If you’re looking for a simple and healthy energize treat or back to school snack, THESE are exactly what you need! If you’re a peanut butter and jelly fan like I am, then oh my gosh do you need these in your life.
Seriously, they are like bitting in a soft and chewy peanut butter sandwich with an explosion of strawberry jelly gushing out. Have I sold you on these yet?
A few notes on this recipe:
The base for these peanut butter and jelly energy balls are made from Medjool dates, which acts as the “glue” that holds these energy balls together. Medjool dates tend to be sticker than regular date, and I love them because they add a nice amount of sweetness without having to add any extra sugars or sticky
You can technically use any type of dates for this recipe, you just want to make sure you’re dates are fresh and sticky! If you’re dates feel a bit dry, just soak them in hot water for 5 minutes, then drain. This will help rehydrate your dates and help your energy balls bind together.
I use organic creamy peanut butter in this recipe, but you can use any type of peanut butter you like or substitute peanut butter for your nut butter of choice.
These energy balls store well in the fridge for weeks in an air-tight container. If you’re packing these up to go, make sure to bring a little icepack with you if you plan on having them out of the fridge for a few hours so they stay nice and firm!
These peanut butter and jelly energy balls are:
- Refined-sugar free
- Vegan and gluten-free (*make sure to use gluten-free certified oats!)
- High in fibre and protein
Get creative with this recipe! You can stuff these with any jam you prefer, or even with some homemade Nutella would be delicious!Print
These peanut butter and jelly energy balls are the best ever snack! Made with dates, peanut butter and stuffed with strawberry jelly. They’re so delicious!
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper and place about 15 small dollops (about 1 tsp each) of jam on the pan.
- Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours to let the jam firm up.
- Blend the Medjool dates, oats, flax seeds, shredded coconut, peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt in a food processor until combined. The mixture should be sticky when you press it between your fingers. If it’s not, add a few more dates.
- Using your hand scoop out some of the dough and flatten into a disk shape.
- Remove the jam from the freezer and place a dollop in the center of the disk.
- Fold up the edges sealing the jam in the center, (like folding a dumpling) then roll between your hands to form a ball.
- Repeat the process for each energy bite.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Don’t add too much jam to the center of the bites otherwise, it may spill out!
I use this cookie scoop to create uniform energy balls
Keywords: healthy snacks, back to school snacks, energy balls
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