I have found that one of my favorite "healthy" snacks and dessert are these little energy balls. They have a little bit of everything in them and you can change the flavor to different things, kinda like a granola bar. I first made these last summer and we all liked them. They got put on a back shelf and I didn't make them again until a couple weeks ago. Then, I couldn't stop eating them! You don't need to bake them or cook anything on the stove either. You just measure and mix, roll and chill. The original recipe from Gimme Some Oven is for chocolate peanut butter (I think you're getting that peanut butter is my weakness). Then I tried white chocolate cranberry and they are just as good! I really do think that the possibilities are endless! Just substitute the 1/2 cup chocolate chips for 1/2 cup of some other mix-ins. I used 1/4 cup of each cranberries and white chocolate chips for white chocolate cranberry.
|Dump and mix, my kind of treat!|
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional) (I use the mini ones)
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. (I never do this, I use a small cookie scoop and put them on a sheet pan, then chill before I put them together in a container.) Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.
|The original way. These little balls are so good!|