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No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

  • LiveWell360 Staff
  • September 14, 2015

Guest Blogger Chenay Schroeder shares this super delicious and truly healthy peanut butter balls dessert with you. Yummy!

I confess! I have an incurable sweet tooth! But I have been eating clean for almost 4 years now, and I know that candy bars (and even many protein/energy bars) aren’t in my best interest, along with so many other once coveted treats.

I was a sad, sad person for a while in my clean eating journey, having a strict “No Treat” policy. But, who wants to live their life with NO FUN?! Then I stumbled upon the Live Well 360 philosophy of having your treats and feeling good about eating them too!

Who says a treat can’t be healthy AND delicious to boot? Now I’m on the constant look out for yummy desserts that make the grade both for taste and nutrition. The other night, I was at a meeting, and our host served this amazing treat!

I immediately asked for the recipe, and tweaked it here and there to make it extra healthy. Today I’m sharing this super delicious and EASY recipe with you. If you have an insatiable sweet tooth like mine, then I hope you give this a try.

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (steel cut or rolled oats)
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup all natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/3 cup honey (can use less, but it helps keep the mixture together)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 2 heaping scoops of your favorite chocolate protein powder

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together, until all ingredients are ‘wet’ and well mixed. Scoop out a tablespoon size amount of the mix and form them into balls rolling them in your hands or on a cutting board. Layer the balls in a container, placing wax paper in between the layers, and then store them in the freezer.
Photo by Marbalet
Photo by Marbalet

Additional Notes and Ideas

You can eat these peanut butter balls frozen or they defrost within a few minutes, if you prefer them room temperature. They are pretty rich and filling, so two should do the trick. And they’re so easy to make and store!

It’s nice to have something that’s an easy go-to treat should the mood strike. That way, you can grab these instead of that bag of cookies! Most of the time, I double the recipe so I have plenty on hand for a while.

Note, if I double the recipe, I usually don’t quite double the honey – I try and go for about ½ cup of honey, or just enough to make the mixture stick. This is also a great base recipe, where you can experiment and add other things if you want to get creative.

The original recipe that I had did not have the protein powder, but mini chocolate chips instead. I thought that it was quite delicious that way, but wanted to try and make it even healthier. So I tried adding various things like cacao nibs and cacao powder.

For my taste, I preferred protein powder. Live Well 360 Note: Some other ingredient ideas could include adding cayenne pepper for some kick, chopped, dried fruit, chopped nuts, almond or peppermint extract, or rolling them in coconut (as shown in the picture).

These have enough healthy ingredients that you could use them in place of an energy bar, or other convenient snack throughout the day. But, as there are so few truly healthy desserts, I like to reserve these for when my sweet tooth starts to act up! I hope you enjoy them.

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