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Tropical Energy Balls: Easy Back to School Breakfast

Posted by Lisa Anderson, MS, RD, CNSC on Sep 26, 2018 7:44:00 AM

Trpical Energy BallsIf your typical weekday morning includes rushing the kids to the bus having just managed to find a missing shoe,
backpack and hair tie, try making breakfast ahead of time with this recipe.

Tropical Energy Balls


Start to finish: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup wheat germ or ground flax seed
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup shredded coconut, plus extra for rolling
1/4 cup dried pineapple, chopped
3 tablespoons macadamia nuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons protein powder, optional


1. Stir all ingredients together until combined. Add protein powder if desired.
2. With wet hands, form a tablespoon of the mixture into a ball. If mixture is not holding together as desired,
add additional honey until balls hold shape.
3. Roll in shredded coconut if desired.
4. Repeat with remaining mixture to make 36 balls.

Lisa Anderson is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Aramark Healthcare and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. 

Topics: Nutrition & Recipes