Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Jodies Kitchen Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Not something I expected either...Healthy that is...
There are not many post I do featuring anything sweet that is very healthy.
I happened to be at Moms the other day and she is trying to cut out some sugar from her new lifestyle.
She is always happy to share something good when she makes it...and share she did.I was pleasantly surprised when I tried what she called her energy bars.She did have hers cut into bars.
They were sweet enough and the peanut butter and oats really came through with these.
I decided to let my little one help make these for a great after school snack.With him helping I thought it would be a little more interactive to let him roll into balls instead of pressing into a pan and me cutting them.

These healthy peanut butter balls are so easy to make,and really no cooking involved.Just a little melting in the microwave which was great for my 7 year old.
 You can change up the dried fruit if you wish but we like cranberries.Moms original recipe called for the same amount of dried apricots but we really don't care for those.

 Whether you need to make a great healthy snack for your little one,or need a good recipe for a healthy energy bar for yourself these will definitely fit the bill.

Jodies Kitchen Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons chopped dried cranberries
1 Tablespoons chopped almonds
1 Tablespoons roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter..no sugar added if available.
2 Tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Stir together oats,cinnamon,fruit,almonds,& sunflower seeds.
In a small microwave bowl stir together peanut butter,honey & vanilla,microwave on high for 20 seconds then stir until smooth.Stir the peanut butter mixture into your oat mixture and mix well making sure to coat all ingredients.Gently knead the mixture until it sticks together.You may then roll into balls.Any un eaten balls may be placed cover in refrigerated for up to a week.
If using no sugar added peanut butter total sugar is 9 grams
Total carbs 80

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