Thursday, January 7, 2016

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Okay, after four days of zero sugar, I am kind of dying over here for a treat! I have a philosophy that if you are going to eat a treat, why not add some whole grains to help make your treat a little healthier--80% healthy, 20% not.  Whether it's true or not, it helps me feel a little better when I need a sweet treat to get me through the weekend. These Peanut Butter Protein Balls are super easy to make. My eight year old can make these without any problem. And although there are calories and sugar in these protein balls, these also offer some nutritional goodness that keeps you feeling full and satisifed more than a regular treat. These are a great option if you need a healthier snack this weekend. Hope you love them like we do! Enjoy ;)



Peanut Butter Protein Balls

15-16 oz. jar of peanut butter (you could totally use almond butter
1 1/2 cup butterscotch chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
1 cup honey
1 cup milled flax seed
3-4  cups regular oats
Chia seeds, quinoa, etc.--whatever other healthy grain you like, you can totally add

In a microwave safe bowl, add the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Melt in 30 second increments until the chocolate and peanut butter are combined and melted. Remove from the microwave and pour in the one cup of honey and vanilla to the mixture and stir. set aside. In a large bowl, combine together the oats and flax seed.  Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir until combined. The mixture will be pretty thick and that is okay. Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spoon one tablespoon portions of the mixture onto the cookie sheet into a round ball (or use an ice cream scoop to make them all uniform).  Let the balls cool in a fridge or on the counter. Once they are cooled, you can store them in a 



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