To say I love peanut butter is an understatement! I could eat it by the spoonfuls. Everyone else in my family.... HATES IT! Both of my kids were allergic to it, but have out grown it. My husband has NEVER liked it. I've tried sneaking it in cookies, muffins, pancakes, ice cream, etc. They notice it every time! So, I rarely make anything with PB in it anymore because I'm the only one that will eat it (sometimes this is NOT a bad thing).
Earlier this week, I was meeting some friends for brunch and thought, this is my chance! I've always wanted to make the PB Energy Balls that I see everywhere on pinterest. So I bought all the ingredients - I still don't know if I bought the right kind of "ground flaxseed" - I'll add a picture of it and if it's not what I'm supposed to use, let me know :) As I was looking at all the nutrition facts for these ingredients, I realized there is a TON OF FAT! Now, don't get me wrong, I know the difference between good fat and bad fat, but eating a "healthy energy ball" shouldn't have 15g of fat in it! So I had to make some adjustments. Here is my new doctored PB energy ball that is more than half the fat as the regular recipes and still super delicious!
Healthy PB Energy Balls
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
4 TBS PB2 (mixed with 2TBS of water - so it has the consistency of peanut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBS unsweetened cocoa
Mix all the ingredients together and roll into balls. Refrigerate before serving otherwise they'll be sticky. Store in the fridge for up to a week. Makes 21 bite-sized balls.
Each ball: 2g protein, 11g carbs, 4g fat
Melissa Ash - mom of 2 energetic boys, wife, and business woman. Just trying to "do it all".