The Perfect Post-Dinner Snack: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Balls

 

If there’s one food group I can’t resist, it’s dessert.  Not a food group, you say?  Just watch me at the buffet at my parent’s country club on Easter.  From apple crisp to crème brûlée, mini carrot cheesecakes to chocolate torte, there isn’t a post-dinner sweet I’m not willing to try (and I’ll probably try yours, too).  Though there’s nothing wrong with indulging one’s appetite every once in a while, sometimes I wish my guilty pleasure wasn’t so guilty.  The answer? Enter the title of this post: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Balls!

These little guys are impossible to resist – and healthy enough that you don’t have to!

 

I wish I could take credit for inventing these delectable bites of chocolate peanut buttery goodness, but in fact it was my roommate who turned me on to them.  Rather, I saw a tupperware container of these curious little snacks in our fridge one day and had to sneak a taste – and oh my, was it heaven.  When she got home and told me how easy they are to make, I gave them a go myself.  And now?  We have anywhere from 20-50 of these guys sitting in our fridge at a time.  They are so delicious and so easy to make – not to mention way healthy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of uncooked Quaker oats
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (substitute almond or sunflower seed butter here for those with peanut allergies)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut shavings (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Makes: 18-22 balls
Calories: approximately 150 calories per ball
Serving size: 2 balls (but be careful, you’ll want about 6)!

 

Directions:
Pour oatmeal into  a medium sized mixing bowl.  Add the honey, flax seed, vanilla extract, and peanut butter.  Mix ingredients well with a spoon until peanut butter is evenly distributed throughout the bowl.
Add peanut butter chips and chocolate chips, then the coconut shavings.  Mix again until the chips and the coconut shavings are blended throughout the oatmeal-peanut butter mix.  Put the bowl in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes (or the freezer for 10-15 minutes, if you are pressed for time). This allows the peanut butter to cool and makes it easier to create the balls.

 

Remove mix from fridge.  Using a spoon and your hands, roll the mix together to create balls no bigger than the size of ping-pong balls.  If making them for a party, put back in the fridge and cool for another 15-20 minutes.  Otherwise, stick them in a tupperware container and voila – instant healthy dessert treats!  Packed with omega-3s from the flax seed, fiber from the oats, and energy from the peanut butter, these guys make one dessert you don’t have to feel guilty about.  (They are also excellent fuel replenishers after a good workout).  Bon appétit!

 

Comments

  1. WOW Katie!! What a great recipe and so good for you. Certainly better than taking those big fish oil pills. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks.

    Hugs,
    Missy

  2. Yum yum yum!! Looks so delish!

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