John loves these no-bake healthy breakfast balls. Jeanne, not so much.

A celebrity fitness trainer swears by these easy, oaty DIY breakfast treats, and John does too

May 2, 2019
John and Jeanne with a breakfast ball

John Fisher (yeah, me)


Jeanne and I get up at zero-dark-thirty every morning (not together -- in our own houses!) so neither one of us has time for a leisurely breakfast. I'm always looking for an easy, healthy snack kind of thing that I can take with me to work. I usually have a vegan protein shake, like this


Protein shake
John F.

And a green beverage by Suja called Uber Greens

Uber greens
John F.

But I wanted something substantial to sink my teeth into, and I didn't want to spend a ton of money on the typical "healthy" protein bars from the grocery store. That's when this news story popped up in my inbox: "A celebrity fitness trainer reveals her go-to power breakfast: These chilled balls that take 5 minutes to make." 

I'm definitely not super accomplished in the kitchen, but making these simple, healthy balls seemed about my speed, so I picked up the ingredients and tried it, and  . . . . voila! I've got a new, simple, tasty, healthy, nutritious, and -- most importantly -- filling breakfast treat.

Here are the five basic ingredients, according to the Business Insider story where I found the recipe:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats (a great source of healthy fat, protein, and calcium)
  • 1/2 cup of cacao chips
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds (which are high in healthy polyunsaturated fats and filled with omega-3s that can help lower your cholesterol)
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or another nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup of honey (or agave nectar)

And here's the actual recipe, with a few modifications if you want to tweak things a bit. They say you can make them in five minutes, and I've got to say that's pretty close to the truth, even for a kitchen klutz like me.

Now I have to be honest with you -- even though I love these things, Jeanne wasn't having it. She liked everything except the oats, the peanut butter, the bitter cacao . . . . okay, let's just say it: she just didn't like anything about these.

But if you're already in a mode where you'll go with a healthy, homemade nosh over a pre-packaged product, this might be your jam