Audrey Hunt's passion for nutrition began the day she was diagnosed with diabetes. She's a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living.
A Nutritious Treat That Disguises Valuable Nutrients
Come one, come all! You're invited to the "chocolate peanut butter" ball. Join in the fun during dessert making time.
This delectable treat has been a winner among the fussiest of eaters. For those who refuse to eat healthy, nutritious food, no one will notice the wholesome ingredients blended into the creamy peanut butter, honey and sprinkles of dark chocolate chips.
So grab your apron, turn on some baking music, and let's get started!
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1 hour 15 min
- 1 cup oatmeal, old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter, organic
- 1/2 to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey, organic
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, organic
- 1/4 cup chia seeds (optional), organic
- 1 tsp vanilla extract, organic
- Combine oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, honey, flaxseed, chia seeds and vanilla extract together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Using your hands, mix well and form into balls.
- Place balls onto baking sheet or muffin pan (no need to grease). Aluminum foil works great.
- Place into the freezer to set. Takes about 1 hour.
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Why I'm a Big Fan of Flaxseed
Heart disease runs in my family. When I met middle-age, head on, I decided to change my lifestyle, which wasn't all that healthy, to help avoid heart problems. My father's heart had failed him, leaving me devastated and lost.
After endless nights of dreaming that my own heart would suddenly stop beating, I realized I had to take responsibility for my heart health. So, I set up a strong walking program, put myself on a plant-based diet. I added wild salmon, and grass-fed, non-GMO eggs to my weekly fare, and kept stress at bay.
Lately, I started adding small amounts of flaxseed to my oatmeal and smoothies. I noticed a rise in my energy level. So now, on days when I'm low on energy, I make sure I include this nutritious seed in some of my recipes.
Flaxseed helps the heart because it's high in omega-3 fatty acids. One tablespoon (7 grams) of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Low in calories, you're looking at only 37 calories.
If you decide to add flaxseed to your diet, be sure to check with your doctor first. You don't want to end up with unpleasant side effects.
Suit Your Taste
I like the fact that these healthy treats can be kept in the refrigerator for several days. They can be stored in the freezer for a few months as well. I simply slip a few into zip-lock baggies and eat them right out of the freezer.
I've boxed these treats up and given them out for Christmas, birthday, and miscellaneous gifts. Through a bow on a bag and you're good to go!
This recipe may be modified to suit your taste. I've added coconut from time-to-time and I've also drizzled caramel topping in the mix.
Oh, and don't forget to stir in a tablespoon or two of love. These nutritious wonders will taste even better.
© 2018 Audrey Hunt