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Thursday, November 1, 2012

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites

Lately I have been hearing about all kinds of little balls of food, some people call them energy balls, protein balls, whatever you want to call them these babies are awesome! Last week we were at our farm and my cousin Rusty and his wife Ali, had brought some "balls" up to share. They were great, we all snacked on them. Then we chatted about making them, because I knew these would be a perfect recipe to share with my readers. The bottom line is that there are no real rules when it comes to these little bites of yumminess...the main important components are ingredients 1-7, after that add or omit what you want. These are just an idea. You could use walnuts, pecans, raisins, any kind of seeds, substitute almond or sunflower butter, really the possibilities are endless with these little loves. They are a yummy, raw food recipe and healthy nonetheless! Enjoy...

1 cup oats
2/3 cup coconut
1/2 cup Peanut butter (I used natural crunchy)
1/2 cup ground flax
1/3 cup honey
1/2 t salt
1/2 t vanilla
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli dark chips)
1/4 dried cherries
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mix together well. Place bowl in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Spray hands with baking spray so the mixture won't stick to your hands. Roll together, actually it's more of a pressing into the shape of a ball. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes about 30 balls.

Gather your ingredients, might be the most time consuming part of this one...

Add them to a mixing bowl...

Stir to combine, then refrigerate.

After the mixture is chilled shape into small balls.

A little hand wanted one while I was taking pictures, my kids like them. Although the competition for sweets is tough right now being the day after Halloween!

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Weight Watcher Friends: These have 2 points per ball. Add or omit whatever fits your tastes but these are a very satisfying treat that is packed full of wholesome goodness!

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