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.
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
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 12, 2020:
Ha, ha, I have the same problem. I've had to limit how often I make this... they are just so good. Thanks a million for dropping by.
Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on February 21, 2020:
these sound delicious! I would never stop eating ..
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 10, 2019:
C E Clark
Thanks for paying me a visit and for the thumbs up for my recipe. Happy Holidays to you!
C E Clark from North Texas on December 10, 2019:
These look perfect for holiday functions or just a little snack for oneself when no one is looking. ;)
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 29, 2019:
So, you're a peanut butter lover too? Well, then, you've found a new friend with this recipe...and no cooking involved!
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 27, 2019:
You had me at peanut butter, one of my favorite treats. I'm going to try these out.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2018:
You'll love these healthy treats. They keep nice and fresh tasting even in the freezer. Thank you for being here.
Janisa from Earth on July 09, 2018:
These look almost too healthy to be good! But I want to give them a try someday when I get back to somewhere with cheap peanut butter
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 14, 2018:
Thanks Audrey. British summer is hit and miss. But another vacation in a couole of months this time in UK. Bonus of being retired is we are free when weather is good too.
I like these sort of treats but the flax seeds interests me
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 13, 2018:
I do hope you enjoy these healthy treats. Let me know how they turn out. Thanks, and hope you are enjoying your summer.
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 13, 2018:
Interesting re the flax seed. Must try
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 30, 2018:
Thank you for the follow and nice fan mail. Made my day! This recipe is so yummy and healthy. Do hope you enjoy them and be sure to let me know.
Geri McClymont on May 29, 2018:
These look so delicious and healthy. I love that they don't require baking. I am taking note and look forward to trying them. Thanks for sharing!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 25, 2018:
Yes, it works well without chia seeds or flax seeds. The chuncky peanut butter and extra chocolate chips hold the mixture together I recommend substituting a few sunflower seeds to replace chia and flax. Let me know how it works for you.
Karen Hellier from Georgia on May 22, 2018:
This recipe sounds delicious Audrey Hunt but I am wondering if it would work without the chia seeds ( I am allergic) and without the flax seeds, as I am concerned that I may be allergic to flax as well. Do you think the balls would hold their form without these 2 ingredients?
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 20, 2018:
I hope you do try it. It's so easy to make and will keep in the freezer for several weeks. Let me know if you approve. Thank you.
I like crunchy peanut butter too. Every so often I'll treat myself to a teaspoon full, knowing that I'm getting extra protein. Hope you like these and thanks so much.
So good to see you here. You should give these delicious goodies a try...'specially if you like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Thanks, my friend.
I love this recipe and so does my family. It's always a race to see who can have the last one! Thanks for being here.
Let me know if you decide to try this healthy recipe. Stay well and happy!
It's a "treat" to see you here. Thanks for taking time to read my hub and leave such nice comments.
RTalloni on March 19, 2018:
This is just chock full of goodness. Sounds like a must have to keep on hand. Thanks for sharing your experience with these no-bake cookie balls.
Cristina Santander from Manila on March 05, 2018:
Seemingly this is a great recipe. Will try it some time. thanks for sharing this.
Audrey Howitt from California on March 01, 2018:
Don't these sound great!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 27, 2018:
You'll enjoy this recipe and it's fun to make. Most of all, it's delicious and healthy. Hope it's a hit for you.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 26, 2018:
Sure hope you enjoy these healthy,delicious treats. I like them for breakfast and then again in the afternoon for a wuick pick-up.
Thank you for reading my recipe and leaving your kind comments. I know you'll enjoy these healthy treats
So nice to see you here. I appreciate your comments and glad you like this recipe. Thanks
Tom Cornett from Ohio on February 25, 2018:
These look delicious! Bookmarking for the recipe. Thanks Audrey. :)
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 05, 2018:
I take Levothyroxine for low thyroid. I had no idea that flax seed should not be consumed. Why is this? Thank you.
Thank you Peg for your nice comments. I so appreciate your support through the hub page years.
Thanks for the thumbs up! So nice to hear that my photos grabbed your attention - I like that.
How did the chocolate balls turn out? Sure hope they were a winner for you. Thanks for stopping by.
I hope this recipe made a big hit...your sermons certainly do!
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 05, 2018:
Hi Audrey - This looks fun and tasty.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 04, 2018:
Sounds like you follow a nutritional diet and good for you! I hope you enjoy this recipe and find it tasty as well as healthy. Thanks for stopping by.
This recipe is fun to make. These chocolate balls don't last long in this house. So nice to see your beautiful face. Stay healthy my friend.
Has your lovely wife tried this recipe yet? Even you could whip this up :). Do hope you both enjoy this yummy, healthy treat.
Yves on February 02, 2018:
Sounds delicious, Audrey. Mayo clinic is my Go-To source for health information, so these treats must be good. Haven't tried Chia seeds, but I'm sure they're good. Anyway, I love crunchy peanut butter. Thanks for the recipe!
ShailaSheshadri from Bengaluru on January 30, 2018:
This surely looks like tasty and healthy as well. Yeah. ingredients are also chosen ones. I should try this once. Thanks for the recipe.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 28, 2018:
These really sound good and healthful as well. Thanks for your recipe!
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 27, 2018:
These tasty treats are convenient when you're in a hurry. I have a good supply in my freezer. Thanks and enjoy!
Your father knows good nutrition. I've certainly noticed a difference in my energy levels when I include flax seed and chia seeds. Thanks so much.
Concerning the sugar content: I use one half stevia and one half honey to reduce the sugar grams. You can also reduce the size of the balls. I do hope this works for you as they are so good. Thanks.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2018:
This sounds delicious as well as nutritious! Thanks for adding the healthy seeds. I liked your combination of ingredients.
Thank You for sharing the helpful pictures and the detailed instructions!
breakfastpop on January 27, 2018:
I look forward to whipping these up. Thank you!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 26, 2018:
Great Stuff, on the menu for tomorrow.
Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 26, 2018:
Yep! No cooking. And those chocolate chips do it for me too. In fact I add an entire extra handful when I make these treats.
Glad you're going to give these a try. Thanks.
Peanut Butter and chocolate do it for me every time. I like "easy" when I whip up a dessert. I like "fast" too so this recipe is perfect for me. Sure hope you enjoy these delicious balls. Let me know.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 26, 2018:
No cooking? I just need the chocolate, so this is one my to-do list for next week, Good willing. Thanks for the recipe.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 26, 2018:
I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Your recipe looks delicious and sounds so easy to make. I'm planning to make some of the balls this weekend.
Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 26, 2018:
These look so good, and the fact that they are also good for you is a win-win. Great recipe, photos, and presentation. Thumbs up.
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 26, 2018:
These look delicious and easy to make. I used to make chocolate covered peanut butter balls for gifts at Christmas but they weren't nearly as healthy as these.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on January 26, 2018:
They sound delicious but be careful of flax seed if you have thyroid deficiency.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 26, 2018:
Chocolate and peanut butter: I admit, I'm an addict! LOL I for sure will try this, dear Audrey!
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 26, 2018:
Looks like just what the MD ordered, dear Audrey - thanks for sharing.
Jill Spencer from United States on January 26, 2018:
Thanks for sharing this. We incorporate flaxseed and flaxseed oil in our diet, too, per Johann Budwig's advice, but this looks like a healthy and tasty pick me up to add into the mix. I think my husband would really love. Thanks again! Best, Jill
Glen Rix from UK on January 26, 2018:
I'm surprised that this treat is relatively low fat. It looks very tasty, and I have chia and flax seeds in the cupboard so might whip some up. Though I am concerned about the self-discipline that will be required - 9g of sugar is a large chunk of a woman's 24g RDA.
FlourishAnyway from USA on January 26, 2018:
My father is a huge advocate of flax seed and chia seeds as well. Thanks for this recipe!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 26, 2018:
This is something I can easily do and it is great that it can be stored in the freezer. With all those healthy ingredients, time to get going.