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Peanut Butter And Oat Energy Balls To Boost Your Day

Peanut butter energy balls

Cancer-treatment side-effects severely limits what you can eat.  Maintaining a reasonable intake of nutrition under these circumstances can be almost impossible. As a result, treatment-related malnutrition is very common. The trick is knowing what foods will agree with your side-effects, rather than aggravate them.

Our Peanut Butter & Oat Energy Balls are so versatile, you can adjust the recipe according to your taste and side-effects. They are high in fibre and protein and provide sustained energy to give you a boost during the day.

These balls are suitable when you are experiencing: nausea, sore mouth, difficulty swallowing, metallic taste, loss of weight and appetite, and constipation.

Energy balls recipe

Preparation: 15-25 minutes

Serves: up to 14 balls


1/2 cup creamy/smooth peanut butter (or any nut butter)

1/4 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup

2 tbsp protein powder

1 1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup frozen fruit, chopped (I used frozen cherries)

A yummy and versatile energy balls recipe


  1. To a small saucepan or microwaveable bowl, add the peanut butter and rice malt syrup. Heat on a low temperature stirring until warm, runny and combined.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the rolled oats, protein powder, and chopped berries. Pour in the peanut butter and rice malt syrup from the saucepan while still warm. Mix until well combined. If the mixture is too dry, add more peanut butter or rice malt/maple syrup. If the mixture is too sticky or wet, add some more oats.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes, remove and scoop out 1 1/2 tbsp amounts and roll into balls. You will be able to make up to 14 balls depending on size.
  4. These can be enjoyed immediately. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.


For sore mouth: Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor until a smooth ball forms. Then roll into individual balls.

For difficulty swallowing: Take two energy balls and place into a blender with 250mL of any milk. Blend until smooth and enjoy as a drink.

The Carousel would like to thank Alexandra Stewart for sharing her recipe.

Written by Alyx Stewart

Alyx Stewart is a speaker, author, app creator, food range developer, dragon boater and breast cancer survivor. Alyx has taken her experiences through breast cancer to improve the journeys of others going through a cancer diagnosis. For over seven years Alyx has developed tips and strategies to help friendships flourish through illness. Her app iCare4u helps people receive the help they need and has a global reach. Alyx also developed Kee-moh Snacks, a range of foods to help meet the nutritional requirements of people going through cancer treatment.

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