Monday, December 17, 2012

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

These are some of my new favorite snacks.  They're so easy to make -- it probably takes about 10 minutes total from start to finish -- and I love all the ingredients on the list.  Flaxseed and chia seeds are so good for you and in this case, a little chocolate goes a long way.  Overall, they make for a pretty healthy snack but still taste wonderfully indulgent.

This is probably the third time I've made these and have been meaning to take a picture each time but they just go so quickly! I really should remember to double the recipe next time.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites
Taken from: How Sweet It is
Makes 12-15 bites
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (if these are too hard to find, omit them)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3-5 tablespoons honey (I like it less sweet so I only used 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate chips (I prefer dark chocolate but use any kind you'd like)
  • 1/4 cup ground peanuts or ground almonds, to roll the balls in
  1. Combine oats, chopped almonds, flaxseed, chia seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir.
  2. Melt peanut butter and allow it to cool slightly (I melted mine in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then stirred), 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 then bring together with your hands. Once mixture is sticking together, fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Roll dough into golf-ball sized (or slightly smaller) balls, then roll in ground peanuts or ground almonds. These can be eaten at room temp but these are best refrigerated..


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