Like most I indulged a lot over the holidays. I mean a lot like, thank goodness for my gym membership (and actually going) a lot. With that said, once New Years hit I decided to give up refined sugar, and in doing so I very quickly realized I had an addiction. I’m talking, headaches, dreaming about cookies, feeling sick, and getting cranky addiction. Yes, I am very embarrassed to admit that to you all, but I am (accountability is good right?).
Anyways, I live in a home full of children, and a husband who gets cranky if I enforce too many diet restrictions, and we already have a ton, so to fend off the crankiness I need to have some kind of treat in the house. I trolled Pinterest and my pantry for a little inspiration and what came to be is absolutely delicious. Actually, to be honest I am pretty proud to say that these are well liked by everyone in our home, and I don’t feel bad about indulging in one, or two.
3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats (Gluten Free if needed)
1/2 Cup Flax Meal
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Almond Butter
1 Mashed Banana
2 Tbs. Honey
2 Tbs. Vanilla
Add all ingredients to food processor. Pulse food processor until ingredients blend and begin to have a clumpy dough like consistency. Roll into balls and place in refrigerator until set. Feel free to substitute or add ingredients to your liking. If you don’t like banana another option would be apple sauce. Chia seeds are also an awesome ingredient to add to get the added nutritional benefits. I highly encourage a food processor because the blades help to cut up the oats and chocolate chips. Making the oats easier to eat and allowing you to be skimpy on the chocolate chips because they break down a little and distribute throughout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes 24 large sized balls or more smaller sized ones.