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Energy Balls With Oats, Chia Seeds, Chocolate Chips

Feeling low on power? These orbs of goodness pack a punch!

Close up of chia seeds against a white background

Photo: Stacy Spensley (flickr)

Chia seeds have enjoyed a growing popularity for their protein, fiber, antioxidant and omega-3 fatty acid content.

This semester’s course load is a heavy one. Sometimes I’m on campus for a long stretch of time and just need a good snack.

Because I was horrified by the ingredients lists on grocery store granola bars, I came up with my own totally delicious balls of energy. Try them if you need a boost!

Energy Balls!


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/8 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine oats, nut butter, agave and chia seeds in a bowl.
  2. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour and then form the mix into 12 small (1/2-inch) balls.
  3. Liquify chocolate chips in the microwave, and spoon small amount onto the tops of granola bites.
  4. Store in the fridge and eat throughout the week!

Sara Conrad

Sara is an eternal student. Currently studying Tibetan Culture at Indiana University, she loves to cook with fresh, organic, vegetarian ingredients – but also has never turned down fake mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

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