Recently I have been on a quest to find some healthy snack/light meal options for myself and my family. I quickly found out there are a ton of options, but with time being a key factor I was on the hunt for something quick, easy, and healthy. Finding recipes that fit all three can be a challenge, but I came across a great site (www.beamingbaker.com) that offers healthy non-bake recipes that are so simple to make. Over the weekend I gave one a try, tweaking the recipe based on what I had on hand in the pantry and I've got to say it turned out amazing. That being said, I thought I would share. I modified the Beaming Baker's "Peanut Butter Protein Balls" as follows:
1 c. peanut butter (all natural was recommended but I had regular in the cupboard so I used this). I think you could probably use almond or cashew butter too.
1/4 c. organic honey (I had the costco brand in my pantry)
2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (I prefer the pink Himalayan salt)
1 c. organic rolled oats (gluten free). I love Bob's Red Mill brand.
1 c. ground raw organic almonds (the original recipe calls for shredded coconut but I didn't have any at home so I ground up some almonds for texture)
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional).
Combine the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix in the rolled oats, salt, and ground almonds. Lastly, add the chocolate chips. Roll into 1" balls. I found that after I rolled a few of them my hands got really sticky making it difficult to roll more so I would wet my hands completely and continue rolling the mixture. I also put them in the freezer for about an hour or so to solidify the balls. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days, if they last that long! They are delicious.
This recipe is gluten free and if you leave out the chocolate chips or buy vegan ones it can be dairy free and vegan too.