No Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Balls!

It’s May and Spring is in full effect, friends! Time to blow the dust off the BBQ and start tending to the garden.

I love Spring!

Lately though I’ve been obsessed with the cooking you do indoors. Only because I’m striving to replace all of our “packaged” foods/treats with ones that I’ve made or a whole foods alternative.

It’s a good thing I’ve been up to such noble work. Had I not been, these babies may have never been!

Aren’t they cute?

After dinner last night the boys wanted some dessert that didn’t involve frozen bananas (the nerve!) and I didn’t feel like baking. So there I stood in front of my pantry, doors wide open, scanning the ingredients…

A-ha!


It hit me. I remembered reading about some no-bake treats that you could make in under 5 minutes with a peanut butter-oats base, then you choose the mix-ins, the binder (agave, maple, brown rice syrup etc.) and viola! Beautiful balls of fun! (Yeah I said it…Teeheehee!)

These were so good they FLEW off the plate!

Really.

I had to shield the baby from the peanut butter ball mayhem!

No Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Balls


Makes 12 balls

PPV: 2 per ball
Protein: 2 grams per ball

You can get crazy with these bad boys and they take literally minutes to make! I used what I had on hand but I’m already thinking of alternatives for the next batch. You could roll them in dark chocolate chips, add nuts or seeds and dried fruit too. I bet you could dip them in (dare I say it?) melted dark chocolate even… Mmm!!


Ingredients:


1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 all natural peanut butter (crunchy or creamy is fine)
1/4 real maple syrup (Light, Sugar free or Agave would work well too)
Dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:


Add all ingredients, except coconut, to a large bowl. Mix until a rough dough is formed. Test dough to see if it will hold a ball. Add a little water if dough is too dry. Roll 12 balls and roll in coconut. Serve and enjoy! You can store them in the fridge, if you have any left!


See how easy that was?! You too can have dessert in 5 minutes flat! Do it. Everyone will think you’re a genius.


I’ve been plenty busy making other snacks too.

My boys love to snack! Crackers, popcorn, veggie sticks….anything with a crunch. So lately I’ve been experimenting with the dehydrator and the oven trying to come up with healthy munchies for them that don’t come out of a box with a laundry list of ingredients. If any of these sound good to you, feel free to email me and I’ll shoot ya the recipe.

Flaxseed crackers from the dehydrator…BEFORE.
Flaxseed crackers…AFTER! 
Note to self: Do not line dehydrator trays with wax paper. 
It’s not our friend.

Whole wheat cinnamon and sugar (Splenda) crackers from the oven. 
My healthy replacement for graham crackers.
Yeah I used flower cut outs for half and then they became “rustic”.

Savory whole wheat Italian style crackers from the oven. 
Perfect for dipping in hummus or with a veggie sandwich!

Sprouted wheat (my own!), carrot, raisin, banana cookies going in the dehydrator…
Cookies, AFTER! Not too sweet. Very wholesome treat.
Overall, I think we’re making big progress in our snack department. We’re making our own popcorn at home on the stove now too. I buy it in bulk and we pop it with coconut oil instead of butter
AWE-SOME-NESS!! These snacks make life more livable and that’s what it’s all about. Instead of warding off decadent desserts, packaged crackers and microwave popcorn forever, take the time to find healthy alternatives for the day to day. There is a time and a place for the “REAL” treats out there but they’ve got no business on our day to day menu or yours. Right? 😉
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. jami*girl says:

    Your recipe calls for 1/4 peanut butter and 1/4 maple syrup. I'm assuming you meant 1/4 cup?

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