Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Peanut Butter, Cherry and Chocolate Balls

I really wanted to make chocolate chip cookies;  I really wanted to make them so I could eat the cookie dough. I know, raw egg; I'll take my chances. Cookie dough, perhaps may be my favorite all-time food, along with French fries and pizza. I really am an all-American girl here.

I resisted the urge to make cookies but the, "I need something sweet and chocolately now!" did not pass. I decided to try to make cookie-dough inspired balls that are a little better for you. They turned out soooo good! I split my recipe in half and made half a batch different for the hubs since he despises peanut butter. Who can despise peanut butter?! Maybe he isn't really American!

So here is what I came up with. Takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and they're no-bake! Genius!
(2nd batch coming soon!)




Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups quick cooking, old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1-2 tsp vanilla
1 TBSP honey
2 TBSP brown sugar (optional)
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Add oats, almonds and cashew to a food processor and pulse until ground finely. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and honey and pulse a bit more until all ingredients come together. 



Put oat and nut mixture to a large bowl and stir in chocolate chips and cherries. If you want a more fin consistency then add right to the food processor. Shape into balls and store in an airtight container. That's it! Simple and healthier for you than cookie dough (and a lot of other things)! Enjoy!

**If using un-salted nuts you may want to add a pinch or 2 of salt.



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