Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Granola Power Balls!



Okay, so these aren't the prettiest looking snack, but wait til you taste them! Oats, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate and honey - what's not to like? These no-bake energy bites make a great snack or a quick breakfast on the go! We found this recipe and were so pleased to find that we had all the ingredients on hand. This recipe is a lot like other no-bake cookies, but uses healthier ingredients. You can change the ingredients to suit your tastes. Just keep the proportions the same. Try dried fruit instead of chocolate chips.



The recipe:
1 cup of old fashioned oats
1 cup of toasted shredded coconut
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter - we used sunflower butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla



Measure all the ingredients into a medium bowl and mix.




Line a plate or a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll dough into balls. We made ours about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. You might find it easier if you spray a little cooking spray on your hands.




Place in the refrigerator to chill. Then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week - although we highly doubt they will still be there after a week! The recipe made about 30 bites. It was hard to count, many disappeared as mom rolled them out!
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12 comments:

  1. I LOVE the looks of these and can't wait to make them. Thank you for sharing!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing I will certainly try these they look so good.

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    1. Of course! That's one of the things we love about this recipe - you can customize it to your taste. Just use the same perportions. Try chopped dry fruit or nuts instead of chocolate chips or coconut. Use other nut butters, wheat germ instead of flax!

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  4. What could I substitute for Honey? I'd like to give these to my son, who is 9 months. He loves cereal, granola, all that stuff, but no Honey til age 1.

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    1. the honey acts like glue as well as adding sweetness, so maybe corn syrup (I know, not the best thing for you) or maybe maple syrup.

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    2. I didn't have enough honey, so I used some agave nectar as well, and it worked well and they still held together!

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  5. mmm! those look very tasty! thanks for sharing! :) lisa

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  6. I was in a hurry the other day, and rather than shape in to balls, I pressed them in a pan, and cut in to 2-inch squares. My daughter eats 2 of these every day before track practice and they really help her keep her energy up.

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  7. FANTASTIC!
    We are heading on our first trip since DS was born on April 9th. It is usually a 5 hour drive with 19m/o DD but adding on one more kid might make for a few extra stops. I have been wanting to make these for a week now but haven't had time. I made time though tonight so we would have an easy snack for our trip. DD LOVES them and kept asking for more as I was rolling the balls! I substituted dried cranberries for the mini chips as I was making them with a 19m/o in mind.

    ...... I just hope that DH leaves some for us for tomorrow!

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