November 27, 2012

Tasty Balls

I realize the title is inappropriate for these recipe, but that's exactly what they are. They require no baking, no cooking and are fun to make with kids as helpers. They are crazily addictive and delicious. And they are fairly healthy to boot. Woot to How Sweet It Is for creating these for me to find on the Internet.

Tasty Balls
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup ground peanuts or ground almonds, to roll the balls in

Combine oats, flaxseed, almonds, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

Melt peanut butter, and allow it to cool slightly. Then stir in honey and vanilla extract until it's combined. Once peanut butter has cooled a bit, pour it over the oat mixture and mix well with a spoon and then bring together with your hands. Once mixture is sticking together, fold in chocolate chips.

Roll dough into golf-ball sized (or slightly smaller) balls and then roll in ground peanuts or ground almonds. These can be eaten at room temperature, but they taste best refrigerated.  Makes 16 balls.

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