no-bake energy balls


this might be the simplest and most delicious and healthy fix for a cookie dough craving that there ever could be. they are basically healthy granola balls that taste like peanut butter cups and they only take about ten minutes of prep! (I got this recipe from my mama and adapted it a little bit, that's what's so great--you can substitute or add basically anything you ever could want to this recipe and it would still taste good!)

Here's what you need:

1/2 cup peanut butter (I used the natural kind from Trader Joes but any kind will do!)

1/3 cup honey or agave

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1 teaspoon cinnamon (also optional)

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup flax seed

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup dried fruit (I used blueberries!)

(hint: you can substitute 1/4 cup of basically any dry ingredients for any of the ones I used-carob chips, craisins, almonds, chopped walnuts, etc! be creative!)

what to do:

mix the peanut butter, honey/agave, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a small bowl, and do the same with the dry ingredients in a larger bowl. then add the peanut butter/honey mixture to the larger bowl with dry ingredients and mix with yo hands. and it gets messy. now, I tried mixing it with a spoon, a fork, and a wisk and they just wont do--it has to be your hands! after the mixing, roll em into bite-sized balls and put them on a cookie sheet (covered with wax paper first) and stick them in the freezer for 15 minutes to set and then you are good to go! [take that, cookie dough craving! you have no power here!]