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Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls 10.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

No Bake Weeknight Vegetarian Jan 11, 2016

These little no-bake bites make a satisfying on-the-go snack.

Make Ahead: The dough needs to chill for an hour or two in the refrigerator. The finished balls can be refrigerated for up to 1 week and frozen for up to 3 months; freeze in single layers on baking sheets until firm, then transfer to zip-top bags. Defrost before serving.

Where to Buy: You can use store-bought oat flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill brand, or make your own by pulsing rolled (not instant or steel-cut) oats in a food processor until finely ground.

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Tested size: 10-16 servings; makes 32 balls

  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added cooked or canned (from about one 15-ounce can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup all-natural smooth peanut butter, or more as needed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more as needed
  • 1 1/4 cups ground oat flour, or more as needed (see headnote)
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips


Combine the chickpeas, the 1/2 cup of peanut butter and the honey in a food processor; puree for 1 minute or until very smooth. Scrape down the bowl.

Add the cinnamon, vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and the 1 1/4 cups of ground oat flour; pulse to form a dough with the consistency of a stiff cookie dough. If it’s crumbly, add a little more peanut butter; if it’s too sticky, add a little more oat flour. Taste, and add salt as needed.

Add the mini chocolate chips; pulse just until evenly distributed. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap or transfer to a container and cover; refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, until firm and well chilled.

Use a 1-tablespoon measure to scoop 32 portions of dough; roll between your palms to form 32 balls. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.

Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe on the blog FitFoodieFinds, at

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 16): 150

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 6g 9%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 75mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 19g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 5g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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