I’m definitely a sweet person versus a salty person. My favorite recipes to test are healthier alternatives to the typical refined-sugar filled desserts. These are my go-to snack to reach for when I need a little something sweet! They’re super quick and I typically have the ingredients already hanging around! These are also great for moving along digestion because there is quite a bit of ground flax and chia seeds in them. Ground flax seeds are high in fiber and are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, can regulate triglyceride levels and reduce blood pressure. Flax also contain lignins which are phytoestrogenic, which means they modulate estrogen receptors. This can be beneficial for menstrual cramps, menopausal hot flashes and irregular menstrual cycles. It is recommended to purchase ground flax seed as it is easier to digest than whole flax seed. Chia seeds also contain fiber which can help promote bowel regularity. They form a gel-like substance when placed in liquid, or inside the digestive system which helps bind and move along stool. They also regulate blood pressure and are a good plant-based source for added protein.
1 cup dry oatmeal (I like large flake oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter (I use natural)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao-nibs (I use dark chocolate)
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. To toast the coconut flakes sprinkle them onto an even layer on a baking sheet. Turn the oven on broil and toast until golden. This takes a VERY short amount of time so keep an eye on them, they will burn very quickly!
2. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Cover and let chill for 30 mins in the fridge.
3. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated up to 1 week, then transfer to freezer (I normally just freeze mine right away because I like them harder).
– You can substitute peanut butter for almond butter or other nut butters.
– If the ingredients are not sticking together well when forming the balls you can add a drizzle more honey. Wetting your hands can help them from sticking to your hands while you form them.
– Try experimenting with additional add-ins such as chopped nuts or other seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower. Chopped pretzels would add an extra salty kick! Adding a dash of cinnamon is good as well! Let me know in the comments if you come up with a delicious combination!