If you start to feel tired and sluggish around 3pm in the afternoon, you might be glad to know you’re not the only one. This time of day is generally known as the mid-afternoon slump and happens to a lot of us, especially if you work at a desk and stare at a screen all day.
One of the easiest ways of giving yourself a much-needed boost of energy at any time of day is to nibble on a snack full of healthy fats and fiber-packed ingredients – this is where these no-bake chocolate chia seed energy balls come in.
The healthy fats in the almonds and the olive oil help you control your hunger so you don’t end up wandering off to the office vending machine for a sugar fix, whilst the fiber found in the oats and chia seeds helps your body slowly release energy so you can carry on being productive and efficient from lunchtime until the end of the working day.
These energy-boosting bites aren’t just to help you stay awake at the office – they’re also a great pre-workout snack to nibble on so you can get the most out of your session at the gym.
This recipe makes 12 energy balls, but you can easily reduce or increase the ingredients to make as few or as many balls as you need to. These energy balls store superbly, making them ideal for preparing a great big batch of at the start of the week, so you’ve got plenty of healthy bites to snack on and keep you energized.
To store these energy balls, follow the recipe below and place the energy balls inside an air-tight container or inside a Ziploc bag. The energy balls will then store perfectly well in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to six months.
1/3 cup almonds
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup gluten-free oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1. Place the almonds into the bowl of a food processor and process on high speed for around 2 minutes, until the nuts have been completely broken down.
2. Pour in the olive oil and water and process for a further 2 minutes until smooth. You might have to scrape the insides of the bowl down a couple of times with a rubber spatula to make sure everything gets mixed up.
3. Add the maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, oats and chia seeds into the bowl of the food processor and process on medium speed for around 1 minute, until everything is well combined. Again, you might need to use a rubber spatula to scrape down the insides of the bowl a couple of times.
4. Scoop out 1 tablespoon measures of the mixture and form into balls. Continue forming balls until you’ve used up all the mixture and store them in an air-tight container.