Saturday, January 24, 2015

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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In the wonderful world of toddlerhood, you can be cruising along and then suddenly your three year old announces that everything you cook smells gross.  This does wonders for your confidence, and is only improved when he requests that flowers on the table be placed in front of him so he can't smell whatever you're eating.  Baked goods rarely disappoint, however, and this one has the benefit of being quick, easy, healthy and delicious.  We've been eating them for afternoon snack treats, but in a pinch I'd have a few for breakfast.

Mix this up to suit your tastes and dietary needs.  Gluten free oats can be subbed for old fashioned, sunflower seed butter for peanut, or dried fruit for the chocolate.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
recipe from Gimme Some Oven 

1 cup dry old fashioned oats
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey, agave, or maple syrup
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a mixer or large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until combined.  Chill mixture for 30 minutes.  Using a spoon or a mini cookie scoop, portion out balls and roll in your hands.  Store in the refrigerator separated by wax paper or parchment.


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