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The Perfect Sweet Treat (For Any Time, Any Day)

With so much time being spent at home, I was forced to find new habits (preferably ones that are good for my mental health). Thankfully, growing up with an ex-chef as a mother and living in an apartment with three girls who love to grub, cooking has come in handy. Now, I won’t take credit for this recipe, but I will testify that these energy balls are one of the easiest and most delicious snacks I have ever tasted. 

You know when you need just a quick bite to get you until dinner? Or you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to scarf down twenty Oreos? These are for you! I present you with the most scrumptious little treat that will leave you wanting more every time: 


Let’s begin by getting our ingredients out: 

  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oats 

  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter 

  • ½ cup of ground flaxseed

  • ½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips (or however many your heart desires)

  • ⅓ cup of honey 

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds 

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 


Now for the actual fun: 

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined 

  2. Cover the mixture and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until it is chilled 

  3. Roll the mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball 

  4. Enjoy!


I mean it doesn’t get easier than that, right? With the year we’ve all had, everyone deserves a sweet treat (or five). Especially when life can get overwhelming, it’s so nice to have a quick bite to eat in the fridge that is both delicious and filling. I personally double the recipe so that my three other roommates can enjoy them with me. 

If you like other types of seeds or nuts, you can adjust the recipe to your liking. Next time, I may try adding some ground walnuts to add an extra crunch… or maybe some Nutella to make it more of a dessert. The possibilities are endless! 


The original recipe can be found at https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/ (but I’m not a fan of coconut so I changed it a little). 

Jordana is a senior at the University of Connecticut double majoring in communication and journalism and minoring in women, gender and sexuality studies. She spends her free time hanging out with friends, writing for The Daily Campus and most importantly, watching Below Deck Mediterranean. To reach Jordana, shoot her an email at jordana.castelli@uconn.edu or DM her on Instagram @jcastelli22!