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5-Minute One Bowl Cranberry Peanut Energy Balls

Updated on October 11, 2014
Cranberry Peanut Energy Balls are the perfect snack!  Made with just 6 ingredients (honey, peanut butter, oats, wheat germ, craisins, and cinnamon), each is packed with nutrients including 5 grams of protein per ball.
Cranberry Peanut Energy Balls are the perfect snack! Made with just 6 ingredients (honey, peanut butter, oats, wheat germ, craisins, and cinnamon), each is packed with nutrients including 5 grams of protein per ball. | Source

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Granola Bar, Meet Energy Ball

Packaged granola bars used to be my go-to snack. Convenient and a little healthier than something else I could grab on the go. That is until I was introduced to energy balls. Yes, I'll admit, it was Pinterest that opened my mind up to this new snack delicacy, but it was through combining my favorite ingredients in differing amounts that I created this recipe. It is simple, but oh so yummy. Instead of refined sugars or corn syrup, it uses honey as its sweetener. The natural peanut butter adds some fat, but it also aids in adding some energy as well.

This is a recipe that can easily be modified to your liking by adding maple syrup, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, or perhaps even some flax for an added health benefit. The basic idea is that like a granola bar, these too are easy to grab for a snack, or breakfast, on the go. Perfect for road trips and after working out at the gym!

Just 6 Ingredients

Gather some honey, cinnamon, wheat germ, craisins, peanut butter and oats for these energy balls.
Gather some honey, cinnamon, wheat germ, craisins, peanut butter and oats for these energy balls. | Source

What's The Difference Between Types of Oatmeal?

The Goodness of Oats

Oats are a great carbohydrate! They contain protein, are low in sugar, and high in fiber, which is helpful for lowering bad cholesterol. Plus, they are yummy! In these energy balls, Old Fashioned Oats are the best option as they are eaten raw in this recipe. Oat Groats and Steel-Cut Oats would be too crunchy for this. Instant oats could be used, but the flavor of the Old Fashioned "Rolled" oats is ideal.

First, Zap the Honey and PB

Make sure to use natural peanut butter (without added sugar or salt)!  Crunchy is our favorite!
Make sure to use natural peanut butter (without added sugar or salt)! Crunchy is our favorite! | Source

This is a one-bowl recipe. Choose a microwave safe bowl and add 3 Tablespoons of honey and 2/3 cup natural peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds. Then, stir the mixture with a spoon.

Next, Add Remaining Ingredients

Simply measure and pour remaining ingredients into the same bowl.
Simply measure and pour remaining ingredients into the same bowl. | Source

After the honey mixture is stirred, add all the remaining ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 1/2 cups oats, 1/4 cup wheat germ, and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. Use a sturdy spoon to mix everything all together.

Last, Ready To Make Balls

The mixture is ready to be shaped!  Your hands will get a little messy.
The mixture is ready to be shaped! Your hands will get a little messy. | Source

This Will Probably Happen...

Don't worry, it washes off easily!
Don't worry, it washes off easily!

When the mixture looks combined, it will start to stick together. Using your hands, grab a ping pong ball sized amount and squeeze it together to form a ball. This gets a little messy! It is similar to playing with play dough, and would be a great invitation to play with food for kiddos. You should be able to make at least 12 up to 15 balls.

If you find the balls are not sticking well together, add a bit more honey or maple syrup. Conversely, if they are too sticky add a bit more oats.

Keep in Refrigerator

These energy balls store best in the refrigerator.
These energy balls store best in the refrigerator. | Source

After 5 minutes, one dirty bowl, and one sticky hand, you are done! There are usually a few crumbs left over, which I gladly eat with a spoon. Keep the rest in the refrigerator until you need a healthy snack. I think they taste better refrigerated, but it also helps keep them firm.

Cranberry Peanut Energy Balls

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 12-15 Delicious Energy Balls

Optional Additional Add-Ins:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins
  • Coconut
  • Maple syrup
  • Ground flax

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Wheat Germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 ball (1/12 of recipe)
Calories 179
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Sugar 10 g
Protein 5 g10%
Sodium 42 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
  1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds. Mix.
  2. Add remaining ingredients into the honey mixture, mix together.
  3. Using your hands, squeeze the ingredients together to make 12-15 balls. Your hands will get a little dirty, but it easily washes off. If you find the balls are not sticking well together, add a bit more honey or maple syrup. Conversely, if they are too sticky add a bit more oats. Keep in refrigerator until ready to eat.
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      thefedorows 2 years ago from the Midwest

      @Denise Handlon, we hope these work well for you! You can adjust the ingredients based on what you have on hand. You are welcome!

      @lintertrans, thank you!

      @starstream, you are welcome! We make these weekly! Hopefully you find them as easy and yummy as we do.

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      Dreamer at heart 2 years ago from Northern California

      mmmm this sounds like a winner. I am going to my kitchen right now to look for the ingredients you listed. Thanks for sharing it. We all can use a healthy snack to pick up our energy.

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      Iintertrans 2 years ago from New Delhi

      yummy yummy and boosting recipes

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      I've been looking for something homemade and more healthy than a granola bar to grab between meals. This one looks so easy to make and I have both real maple syrup and honey. I'm looking forward to trying these. Thanks, Marissa. :) Sharing. UP/U/I/A

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      thefedorows 3 years ago from the Midwest

      @MsDora, Thank you as always for your kind words and vote!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing your fun and healthy recipes; still I wished I lived near you. Great instructions and helpful pictures. Voted Up!