Peanut Butter Oatmeal Power Balls

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These delicious treats are addictive and indulgent… but they’re good for you.  Like, actually good for you.  They’re chock full of protein and fiber and will help keep you full as well as satisfy that sweet tooth.  One of the best parts is that these are really easy to make.  I like to double the recipe and keep these in my refrigerator so that they are always accessible when I’m craving something sweet. I also pack them in my lunch for work so that I can easily avoid the donuts and candy jars that always seem to be within eyesight at my office.  These would be great for packing in a kid’s lunch as well and check out the options below on how you can alter the recipe to make it nut-allergy friendly.  I could go on and on about how delicious these are, but I’ll let you find out for yourself!  Check out the recipe and instructions below and get ready to become addicted!

These protein-packed balls are gluten-free and dairy-free as long as you buy dairy free, dark chocolate chips.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats

1/2 cup ground Flax Seed

1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips (I recommend 60% cacao or higher)

1 cup Organic, natural Peanut Butter or another nut butter of your choice.  You can even substitute Sunflower Seed butter or Soybutter for nut allergies (Look for nut butters made with just organic roasted nuts, and avoid ones with added oils, sugar, hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup and even salt.  I prefer Trader Joe’s unsalted, creamy peanut butter)

1/4 cup Honey (I recommend using local honey)

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine oats, flax seed and mini dark chocolate chips in a large bowl and combine.

Add peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.  Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir mixture together.  The mixture will be very thick.  I actually prefer using my hands to mix it together as it’s much easier.

Once all ingredients are mixed together, roll the mixture into 1 inch balls.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yield: approx. 20 balls  Total Prep Time: 8-10 minutes

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