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Granola Balls Made Easy!

April 29, 2016

Over the last several years as I was trying to balance work and home, I often found myself feeding the girls food that was a bit less desirable than I would have liked.  In my ideal world, I would like to provide them with as much home-made food as possible.  That being said, I’m not one to follow any particular diet such as gluten free or sugar free.  I strive to do “the best I can” every day and some days we do great and other days are far from perfect.  Therefore, I am always on the search for quick, easy, and healthy recipes.  When I stumbled across this recipe at Mel’s Kitchen, I knew it would be hit!

This recipe for healthy bite sized granola balls is perfect for a quick snack.  I like to make a large batch, often doubling the recipe, and put them in the freezer.  We either eat them directly from the freezer or pull out a small bowl at a time.  They are so simple to make that I have been able to make them for us while moving.  We made them at Grandma’s, in the hotel room, and have even taken them for our snacks on the plane.  They are also great for a quick bite before sports like soccer or ballet practice and filled with protein and energy.

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I always feel like I’m winning when the girls reach for a yummy granola ball to fill their bellies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

No-Bake Granola Balls 

2 cups quick oats
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup mini chocolate chips
2/3 cup honey or agave nectar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil melted

Combine oats, Rice Krispies, flaxseed, and chocolate chips.  Mix with spoon.  Add vanilla, coconut oil and honey.  Mix with spoon until all ingredients are evenly moist.  Add peanut butter and mix with spoon until well-combined.  

Using a spoon and your hands, roll mixture into small balls.   Put into a container with a tight lid and freeze or refrigerate (personal preference).  They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week or for a few months in the freezer.

Tip:  It is easier to roll the balls if your hands are wet.  I run mine under the sink and re-wet them once or twice more to keep the balls from sticking to my hands.

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen

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