Packed with protein, healthy fat, fiber, and inexpensive to make, these peanut butter balls make the perfect easy to eat snack. It doesn't have to be refrigerated so it makes it easy for kids to bring to school.
This is the recipe I use for meal prep many times throughout the year. I make a bunch and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Dried fruit can be added to these if you want a little different variation.
You might be wondering why it's important to make your own snacks instead of buying granola bars or a ready to eat food. Many of the commercially prepared granola and energy bars have a significant amount of added sugar in them and, in many cases, are not made with whole ingredients. In the case of commercially prepared energy bars, they grind the nuts and add smaller portions to the mixture. You don't get the same amount that makes a sizeable difference in the food's nutrient content. In many cases, when you control the ingredients, you can control the nutritional value...and that's important!
1/2 cup natural crunchy peanut butter 1/3 cup honey 1 cup shredded old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup ground flaxseed 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
unsweetened coconut to sprinkle on top or mix into recipe
Add all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
Scoop mixture into 1" sized balls and place on a baking sheet
Sprinkle coconut on top
Refrigerate and store in an air-tight container.