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  • Theresa Gentile

No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Energy Balls

Updated: Jun 28, 2019

A sweet and salty combination of strawberries and pretzels, mixed with healthy, high fiber oatmeal makes a quick snack.




If you're an energy ball fan like myself, you'll love these strawberry pretzel energy balls. They're perfect for a quick snack on the go. Easy to make, healthy, full of protein and these are high in fiber, too.


They're especially great for:

1. School lunch boxes

2. Long car trips

3. Post sports practice

4. The beach/park

5. Post gym workout

6. Anytime you need a healthy, protein-rich little pick me up

They’re perfect for kids who need healthy snacks during the day to keep up their higher energy demands and for adults who need a portion-controlled snack to fuel their metabolism and ward off sluggishness.


If you love no bake energy balls, see my other recipes:


No Bake Energy Balls with Chickpeas

Date, Cashew, Orange No Bake Energy Balls


I used dried strawberries in this recipe which prevents the balls from getting to mushy (and because I happened to have a bag from Rite Aid (for only $1.00, might I add). I also like the slightly tart taste of the dried strawberries in these.


Because I love sweet and salty together, I folded in crushed pretzels as well. A note on the pretzels, though - they'll get mushy if the energy balls are refrigerated, SO, if you're using the pretzels, you may not want to put them in the fridge. You'll, therefore, need to eat them within 2 days. (Which isn't exactly hard - these are super yummy! (I'm quoting my 4 year old...lately everything is "super".))


Super pro-trick (the super superlative is catchy, isn't it 😉)-- use a food processor, vitamix or blender or Nutribullet. At first I didn't because it was yet another gadget I had to lug out of the cabinet and eventually wash. But it actually makes the whole process less messy - otherwise it's all sticky on your hands and you need flour to prevent all that honey from coating your hands. But, your choice - you can certainly make these quick energy balls without any fancy gadgets.


Oats are the base of the energy ball recipe. Quick cooking Old Fashion Oats and either the 1 minute or 5 minute oats are fine. Natural peanut is best to use because it's healthier and adds more creaminess, so you'll need less sticky sweeter.


Energy balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks. You can freeze energy balls, too. Lay them flat in a plastic storage bag and remove air from bag. (Although they might be a little soggy when you defrost them; I haven't tried. My guess would be that energy balls would be nice still chilled from the freezer.)




What's your favorite kind of energy ball??


Happy eating!











No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Energy Balls


Ingredients:

1 cup oats (can be 1 minute or 5 minute oats)

1/3 - 1/2 cup All-natural smooth peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried strawberry piece (just break them up a bit)

1/3 cup broken pretzel pieces


Directions:


Add all ingredients to a food processor except dried strawberries or pretzels.

Blend until combined. Add a little water if it's too thick.

Remove mixture to a bowl, mix in strawberries and pretzels by hand. Refrigerate until mixture firms slightly.

Roll into tablespoon sized balls.

Try not to eat them all at once!


Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1 ball. Makes about 15 balls.

Calories: 95 Carbohydrates: 12 grams Fat: 4.6g Protein: 3g Sugar: 5.6 g