The staples of this recipe are peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, vanilla extract and flaxseed. (Flaxseed, by the way, is so healthy for you. In just one serving of 2 Tablespoons, there are 3600 mg of Omega-3, 12 total grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. A great little addition to these bites to make them healthy without compromising taste and you should be able to find them right in your grocery store.) Aside from those staples (peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, vanilla extract and flaxseed), the other additions are up to you. In this recipe, I added chocolate chips and sliced almonds. But feel free to experiment. I have made them with dried cranberries and chocolate chips, chocolate chips and shredded coconut, a touch of cinnamon and raisins; the possibilities are endless. And don’t feel you have to stop at 2 extra ingredients, add as many as you would like. Just keep in mind you may have to adjust some of the staple ingredients to compensate. So enjoy this great little snack that is easy and healthy and that will fit great into your New Year’s resolution. Make the first bite count!
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: makes about 2 dozen
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used reduced fat)
1/4 cup honey
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 sliced almonds
1. Add the peanut butter and honey to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 20-30 seconds. The honey should be runny and the peanut butter will be softened.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Scoop heaping tablespoons and roll to form smooth balls. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to firm up and keep fresh. They should stay fresh for about a week. But, honestly, they have never lasted that long in my house 🙂