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April 17, 2017

Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls

No-Bake Energy Bites

You will think you won the lottery with these “Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls.”They are “no-bake” and come together in minutes. You don’t even use a stovetop, but a bowl instead. Their main ingredients are oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut and coconut oil, plus wheat germ and ground flaxseed. Vanilla, honey, maple syrup, and salt round out the flavors. I often do the last mixing by hand to evenly distribute all the ingredients. You can tailor them to your tastes, like add protein powder, or chia seeds. I like to toast the coconut and vary up the shapes sometimes. Just be sure you use enough honey and coconut oil, so they can hold together and stay tender. It helps to squeeze the “dough” tightly in your hand before shaping. 

I ate A LOT of no-bake cookies growing up. These “Power Balls” have that same chewy texture I love and crave. AND they help you power through the day as an on-the-go snack. Enjoy!

Cyndi

 

Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls

1/4 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup quick oats

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons wheat germ

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup real maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup shredded coconut (or flakes), divided

 

In large bowl, mix until well combined: coconut oil, peanut butter, quick oats, honey, wheat germ, ground flaxseed, vanilla, maple syrup, salt, chocolate chips, and 3/4 cup coconut flakes until well combined. Scoop by heaping tablespoons (about 1 ounce each). Press tightly together and shape into balls. Roll in remaining coconut, pressing as needed to make it stick. Makes 22.

-Recipe from the Blue Ribbon Group