I have made this amazing snack three times, but because they are a big hit in our apartment this is the first time I have been able to snap some photos of this popular (with Jesse) recipe to share with you.
They take a few short minutes to make, and sometimes even fewer to consume. I like to pop a few before and/or after a workout (hence my nickname of Balls of Energy). Jesse eats them like candy...but at least they are healthy, so I guess I can't complain.
Here's what you'll need:
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped - thanks to our slap chop,
going from this:
takes no time at all (no, I am not endorsed by slap chop, we just happen to own two of them and use them all of the time for all sorts of recipes).
Anyhow... moving on...
2 tablespoons chia seeds (we didn't have them and the recipe still tastes good without them, so I consider these optional)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup ground peanuts or ground almonds, to roll the balls in
Once you have all of your ingredients on hand, mix together the oats, almonds, flax seed, chia seeds (if using), salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir.
Next, melt your peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds and allow it to cool slightly. Once it does, stir in the honey and vanilla extract until it's combined.
Next, pour the mixture over the oat mixture and mix well with a spoon, eventually bringing everything together with your hands. Once everything is sticking together, fold in your mini chocolate chips.
Roll this dough into golf ball-sized (or slightly smaller if you are hoping to make them last just a little while longer) balls, and roll them in ground peanuts and/or almonds if you prefer.
These can be enjoyed right away or after they sit for a few minutes in the fridge. Either way they are delicious and mostly nutritious.
Find the recipe for this and other delicious snacks on my What's Cookin' page.