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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

By Renee Gurley


Holiday time can be a challenge for many people to stay on track with their healthy eating choices.  This is a busy time of year, racing here and there plus holiday parties... this can spell disaster. Here is a quick and nutritious alternative to the cookies and desserts that plague our homes during the holidays. Next time you need to bring a sweet treat to work, these are quick to make and easy to transport. These no-bakes are great year round to keep in your freezer and pull out one at a time when  you want a pre-portioned sweet.

Ingredients

1 cup instant oats
3 scoops whey protein powder, vanilla 
2 tablespoons  water
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons   honey
1/2 teaspoon  vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flax seed (ground/milled variety)
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1/4 cup dried cranberries


 
Method of Preparation

Mix together whey protein powder with water, honey and vanilla. Stir to combine. Next add in the oats, flax seed and wheat germ, combine well. Lastly add in the dried cranberries.


Yield and Servings

Yield:  20 servings
Serving Size: 1 peanut butter ball – each ball

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 47.1, Protein 4.0 g, Carbohydrates 6.9 g, Total fat 0.8 g, Cholesterol 3.3 mg, Sodium 49.2 mg, Sugars 2.1 g, Fiber 0.06 g

Tips:

1. If you have quick oats (if your oats are “quick cooking” type oats instead of instant, you may prefer to pulse them in a food processor for a minute to cut down on the size of the oats, depending upon your preferred texture).

2. Dried cranberries can be substituted with mini-carob chips instead if you like a faux-chocolate chip. Or replace the cranberries with raisins.

3. You can refrigerate or freeze these no bake cookie balls for storage. These are easy & delicious! They are still soft when frozen so you can serve them right out of the freezer.