Making easy, healthy snack at home

Homemade Peanut Butter Balls, which I made this morning.

My friend and co-worker Regina let me try a homemade Peanut Butter Ball one day on the shuttle on our way home. It was so good. So I asked her for the recipe.

I went to the grocery this morning for my regular run and to get the ingredients for the Peanut Butter Balls. I found everything except for the the ground flaxseed.

I really wanted to make the recipe and was not willing to hit another store this morning.

(I hate grocery shopping and had limited time this morning as I had to cook a few things before yoga class.)

So I figured it would be OK to replace the flaxseed with sesame seeds. I like sesame seeds, so I figured it would be OK. (I realize there are likely (yup, according to WebMD) more benefits to using the flaxseed than sesame seeds, such as fiber. But sesame seeds have health benefits, too.

I made my sesame seed Peanut Butter Balls today. And they are pretty good. I may adjust the peanut butter next time and add a little more. But these were super easy to make and a good snack, too.

In case you want to make your own Energy Balls, follow the recipe here:

1 cup regular oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup pure, unfiltered honey

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or craisins or raisins or another sweetness of your choice)

1 or 2 tsp of vanilla extract

Using your hands, mix all the ingredients well in a bowl. Let it chill for at least 1/2 hour in the fridge. After the mixture is chilled, use a teaspoon to size out scoops of the mixture and roll into balls. Will keep in Tupperware in the fridge for seven days. Enjoy!

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