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No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

21 Sep

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You may have seen something like this before, but not these delicious bites.

Unlike other no bake peanut butter desserts that are usually heavy laden with only peanut butter and real butter, these have just enough of that yummy nut butter to give you the real peanut butter taste, but not any of that other junk to keep that small waist.

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These would serve as a great tailgating dessert! On a hot sunny day, people typically don’t want any baked goods that are warm, so why not give them the same, delicious cookie experience, unbaked? If we’re honest with ourselves, I think we would all admit the cookie dough is the best part anyways. And as people are typically eating  and drinking heavy on game days, what would be better than ending on a lighter, yet just as tasty note? That’s a happy day.

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These peanut butter bites also are high in protein compared to your typical dessert. And very customizable! Use creamy peanut butter to keep it smooth, or chunky to add that delicious crunch. Add chocolate chips if your a chocoholic like me (or love a Reeses flavor!), or keep it plain if you like your desserts simple. Allergic to peanuts? Substitute any other nut butter or even other butters like coconut butter or seed butters!

No matter what kind of guests you plan on having stop by your tailgate or gameday party, these delightful bites are one you should prepare to make. Even my boyfriend who isn’t the healthiest eater ended up eating half of the batch in one day! (I had to steer him away until after the photographs were taken) :)

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls

Makes about 12 balls

-1/2 cup Rolled Oats
-1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (can sub in any other butter)
-1/4 cup Peanut Flour (or any other flour would work)
-1/4 cup Honey or Agave
-2-3 tablespoons Mini Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-Dash of Sea Salt
-Optional: 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (to up the protein)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix until everything is thoroughly mixed together. Rolled into small balls, about one heaping tablespoon of “dough”. If dough is too moist to roll, add more flour. If it is too dry, add more peanut butter or honey. Makes about 12 balls (can double or triple recipe as you’ll want more than one!). Store in refrigerator if not eating right away.

Peanut Benefits
1)Rich in energy, containing many nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
2)Good levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids
3)Good source of dietary protein
4)Great source of resveratrol, an antioxidant found to protect against cancers, heart disease, and fungal infections
5)Excellent source of vitamin E, which maintains and protects cell membranes and skin
6)Packed with B vitamins

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

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28 Responses to “No Bake Peanut Butter Balls”

  1. Evelyn September 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Hi, I know you said any other flour besides Peanut flour would work, does this include Coconut flour? thanks so much for the recipe.

    • freshfitnhealthy September 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      Hi Evelyn! Coconut flour is a bit drier than the typical flour, so you could definitely use it, but you may need to add a bit more honey or liquid! Hope you like it.

  2. Marisa Moore (@marisamoore) September 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    What a fun recipe! Reminds me of the peanut butter honey balls we made in kindergarten.

  3. Elizabeth September 24, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    delicious!

  4. Lia September 26, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Hello,

    Do you think oat flour will work in place of peanut flour?

    And, is your rolled oats small or big in size?

    Would love to try it. Hope it will work!

    • freshfitnhealthy September 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      I am sure it will work out great! You may just need to add a little more peanut butter to get that strong peanut flavor :) My oats were small, but any will work!

      Hope you like it!

      • Lia September 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

        It was delicious and simple to make. Thanks!

      • freshfitnhealthy September 28, 2013 at 12:58 am #

        glad you liked it! :)

      • Lia October 4, 2013 at 10:44 am #

        Hello again,

        Do you think I can sub the greek yogurt with normal non-fat yogurt?

      • freshfitnhealthy October 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

        Yes, but you can also leave out the yogurt all together! The reason for the yogurt was to add protein, and the high amount of protein is only found in Greek yogurt :)

  5. Erin September 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Is there supposed to be greek yogurt in them? It’s listed as a benefit but I don’t see it as an ingredient.

    • freshfitnhealthy September 28, 2013 at 1:00 am #

      Oh my, haha I meant to put that as an optional ingredient that you could add 1/4 cup greek yogurt! But its not necessary :) Thanks for pointing that out though!

  6. Liz Liz (@tizmizzliz) September 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Deeelicious! I wanted a quick snack and I was able to do some substitutions with what I had on hand, and this was very tasty! I used almond flour instead of peanut flour and I used 2 TBS maple syrup instead of the 1/4 cup honey. Thanks for posting!

    • freshfitnhealthy September 28, 2013 at 1:01 am #

      So glad that you made the substitutions that fit your kitchen :) These truly are so versatile and easily able to be tailored for any flavor! Happy that you liked them!

  7. Lyndsey October 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    How many cals per each bite?

    • freshfitnhealthy October 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      I don’t count calories, sorry! There are many tools on the web though that will allow you to input the ingredients to find out if you would like to know :)

  8. Rg October 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    You probably didn’t notice this, but in the directions, you typed “ass” more peanut or honey, instead of ADD

  9. Brasiliara October 3, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    Off the chain! I live a very busy lifestyle, so keeping up with eating healthy tends to be a challenge. I love that how quick and easy this recipe is to make. I made a batch for my sisters to take to school and it was a hit!! Thanx a bunch =)

  10. clevercleanpassion October 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on clevercleanpassion.

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