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Friday, January 6, 2012

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

With the holidays over I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite healthy treats. These little powerhouses are full of good for you ingredients like oats, flaxseed, and all natural peanut butter. With protein, fiber, and healthy fats these little energy balls are the perfect all natural on the go-snack (just throw a couple in a snack baggie). Now that excuse of not having healthy non-processed foods for on-the-go snacks is no more. Hello successful New Year's Resolutions! 

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/6 cup honey
1/8 cup flaxseed (you can use ground flaxseed for a smoother texture if you like. I generally prefer using ground flaxseed meal, it's also absorbed more readily into the body for better health benefits)
1/8 cup chocolate chunks
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vanilla soy milk 

I use local honey from the Farmer's Market (always a good price) because it's suppose to be a natural way to help alleviate allergies if you consume small amounts of it year round. 

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until well mixed. Taking golf ball size amounts of batter roll them into ball shapes and place in a tupperware. Allow to chill in fridge for at least an hour. Enjoy and I dare you to just try to stop at one! 


Ruth said...

I like your photo and your resolution.
Petonets xoxo

Bethany said...

Ruth- thank you for stopping by and for your helpful photo feedback. Have a good weekend!

Juanita said...

Great photos! I think my son and I will be trying out this recipe very soon. I love that it's healthy and he has an all-consuming love of everything peanut butter!

Bethany said...

Juanita- Let me know how you and your son like it! It's so easy, healthy, and as you said is a good choice for those of us with an all-consuming love of peanut butter, yum! Have a good wkd.

Aileen said...

This looks great! I am a huge peanut butter fan. How did you think of all this goodness put together?

Bethany said...

Aileen- thank you! I was trying to think of a good snack with lots of whole food ingredients that I could just keep in my bag. I wanted something with protein, healthy fats, and fiber so I wouldn't get too hungry. But I also wanted it to taste like a treat (hence the chocolate!). Hope you enjoy!

Jessie said...

I will have to try this out. My girls love peanut butter and I need some energy :) Happy New Year!

Bethany said...

Jessie- Definitely! I hope you and your girls enjoy them! Happy New Year to you too!

Sarah said...

Can't wait to try these!

Bethany said...

Sarah, Great! I hope you enjoy them!

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