Friday, January 25, 2013

Biscoff No-Bake Energy Balls

Since I am so honest with you guys all the time, I'm going to ask you a serious question and you have to be honest with me ok? Ok.

Do you find that you pin things to your Pinterest boards a lot and then never seem to go back to them and use the great ideas? Especially when it comes to food?

Its ok. This is the no-judgement zone. I'm opening you up to be honest with me here. So go ahead... tell me the truth :)

Alright I'll stop freaking you out, but really, I am guilty of it too. I find things I really like, pin them, and never go back. I was actually cleaning up my pins this week and I found so many pins that went to obscured websites. It's bad. So be careful with what you are pinning people :)

The way I like to look at Pinterest is that it is an online cork board of sorts, or a place to put all your bookmarks of websites/recipes/craft ideas you like all in one place, and to have them organized so that when you go back and say "hey I want to make some cookies, let me go to Pinterest and look at what I have pinned that I might want to make", and it is so easy to find.

That is why you wont see me pinning pictures of a flower and saying "pretty flower" or something like that. Now I am not saying that if you do that, you are wrong. Pinterest can be used for many different things. I am just saying this is the way that I look at it, and the way I like to use my own Pinterest boards.

I am getting off topic. Let me backtrack. Although I tend to pin things and forget that I have done so, sometimes I really like to go back and make a few things from Pinterest that I have re-pinned before.

This last week, while I was in Portland, my SIL was telling me about these no-bake energy balls that she pinned and decided to go back and make to see how they were. She made them, and her and my brother were obsessed with them! She made more for me and my mom to try, and lo! She got us hooked as well!

We all loved them so much, that in the week that we were there, we probably made 5 batches of them, and they really don't last too long when they are around. We were constantly talking about how amazing they are and what other varieties we could make with them. You know a recipe is good when this happens.

I knew that I had to come home and make them for Matt and myself, especially since I couldn't stop raving to him about how great they were. He was starting to get jealous that he was the only one who hadn't had them!

The original recipe calls for peanut butter, but since I wanted to adapt them a little bit, and the fact that I didn't have any peanut butter, I opted for Biscoff spread instead.

Yes, you can thank me now. Or later if you'd like ;)

I know that technically, putting Biscoff in these makes them slightly less healthy (ok maybe a lot less healthy), but really, all in all, these energy balls are quite good for you, and mighty tasty as a morning breakfast!

These little babies contain flaxseed, which I did some research on and found out that flaxseed is really good for you. Have you used it before? I also found out that flaxseed is extremely hard to grind in a large food processor. It took like 5 minutes! I know! Phew! Its hard.

Anyway, flaxseed is where the majority of the energy comes from in these I believe (now please don't quote me on this, as I could be wrong), but you can find out where I got my information and some other great things about flaxseed here. It is good for you. That is the main point and you should try to add more of it into your diet, like I am going to. I also learned that flaxseed doesn't give you the nutrients you need unless you grind them. The skin/shell is so thick that it wont be digested in your stomach unless it is ground. So get those food processors out and grind grind grind!!!

The best thing about these though is that they are no-bake and take less than ten minutes to make (unless it takes you five years to grind the flaxseed, like it did for me), but seriously, so easy to make and absolutely adaptable. Feel free to substitute, add, subtract, or multiply any ingredient you would like in here ;) Just whatever you do, please don't NOT make these! They are fantastic guys!!! And check back here for more varieties, because I promise you, I will be making more of these with different ingredients, so check on back here for more ideas :)

Biscoff No-Bake Energy Balls | Printable Recipe
makes about 15 1-inch balls

ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup Biscoff Spread
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup oats (I used quick oats, but I think old fashioned would be better)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
directions:
  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl and stir together with a spatula or spoon.
  2. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to help honey firm up.
  3. Roll balls of about 1" or whatever size you prefer, and place back in the fridge in an airtight container. They will keep for at least a week this way.
  4. Feel free to add other ingredients too! Super adaptable!!!
 Adapted from Gimme Some Oven



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15 comments :

  1. You can purchase ground flaxseed meal for pretty resonable prices at most grocery stores. I add a tablespoon to my morning smoothies, or oatmeal.

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    1. Awesome! I just recently saw that at the store! Thanks for the great tip!!

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  2. I agree these are one of the most adaptable recipes and so addicting. I can't wait to try them with biscoff! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Hi Carla! I LOVE this recipe!! We'll have to try it soon.

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  4. These look pretty amazing!! I think I pinned something similar and haven't tried it yet haha.

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    1. Haha, yes, I am definitely guilty of it sad to say ;) Thank you though, they really are amazing!

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  5. OOO! Love! And I can make them now, because I have biscoff! YEY! This wont turn into one of those pins I dont make - I have plans for these already!!!!!!

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  6. I pin a lot of baby elephants and puppies and have no plans of ever eating / making them. :) I like to use Pinterest for whatever makes me happy. So when I'm feeling a little down, I can to go my recent pins and smile. :)

    And oh boy! I wish I had some of these around right now. They look great!

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    1. You know, I never really thought of Pinterest that way. Thats a really great thing to do actually, and you know I tend to have my down days... (especially with all this rain in Vancouver =/ ) Im going to start pinning things like that i think :) Do you get Biscoff in Germany Erin?? I think you need to have some so you can make yummy things like this!

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