Suddenly I’m thinking about those very yummy sugary peanut butter balls I used to make with my cousins when we were younger, and since I had time on my hands this week, I decided to try it with a healthy twist.
Here’s the easy no-bake recipe, that you can make in about 10 minutes.
-I call these balls “super” because many of the ingredients used are natural and considered “superfoods” (e.g. honey, goji berries, flaxseeds)
–Flaxseeds- They are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids (good fats), lignans and fibre. In fact, they have among the highest level of fibre in any food. They help stabilize blood sugar, promoting cleansing. Also, including them into your diet will help in having radiant and youthful skin. However, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid consuming them.
–Goji Berries- They are high in fibre, Vitamins A and C, and has 15 times the amount of iron in spinach. They apparently have the highest concentration of protein than any other fruits. Also, they have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. They can help boost the immune system as well. However, they do not interact well with diabetes and blood pressure drugs.
–Unsweetened Shredded Coconut- It is high in fibre and minerals, and has natural fruit sugar which can add natural sweetness to food.
–Storage- Keep up to 3 days in airtight glass container in the fridge, and best consumed within 3 days.
–Sweetness- You can control the degree of sweetness by reducing the amount of manuka honey and chocolate chips to your preference.
1 1/2 cups organic creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup manuka honey
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats (wheat-free & dairy-free)
1/2 cup organic ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup organic goji berries
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop out mixture and roll into small balls.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for 1-3 hours, or you can eat immediately if you prefer them to be room temperature.
- Enjoy treats! 🙂
Resources I used for following ingredients & if you want to learn more:
The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods that Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You by Kimberly Snyder, page 103
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut: http://www.livestrong.com/article/487458-does-unsweetened-shredded-coconut-have-any-good-health-benefits/