We are a family that often needs On-The-Go snacks. But, all too often, that has meant sacrificing our health for the convenience of the somewhat unhealthy “grab and go” eats that can easily be thrown into a backpack and taken with us.
So, I found myself on a mission to begin creating healthier snacks for my family that transport easily and fuel our bodies for whatever the day may hold.
Enter….No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls, a type of cookie so easy to make, even your youngest children can help. I found a base recipe for this online and have reworked it over and over again to suit our tastes. You can do the same.
One of the great things about these little cookie bites is how flexible and creative you can be with them. There has yet to be a time when I was not able to make these cookies for lack of on-hand ingredients in my pantry. As long as you have Oatmeal and Peanut Butter, you can make these yummy treats.
I have substituted raisins with dried cranberries, added unsweetened coconut, used different nuts, added corn flakes for texture and even used almond butter when I was completely out of peanut butter. The options are endless here. As a side note…my family often refers to these little cookie snacks as Camping Cookies because they make such a great treat out in the woods (especially if you add mini marshmallows).
- 3 cups old fashion oatmeal or quick oats (either will work)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup peanuts
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 3 Tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 1/4 cups peanut butter
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a large bowl, mix together oatmeal, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, peanuts, raisins and flax seed.
- In a separate bowl (or if you’re like me, in the same bowl) mix together peanut butter, honey and vanilla.
- Stir the peanut butter mixture into the oatmeal mixture, making sure the oats are all coated.
- If your kids are helping, put parchment or wax paper on your counter and pour some of the mixture out for them to begin forming balls.
- Form into 1″ balls and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
- Put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and voila…they’re done!
- These can then be put into zip lock bags or containers to store in the refrigerator (or freezer for longer term storage).
This post is a part of the series A Cookie A Day Until Christmas.
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Megan and her amazing husband, along with their four young sons live in the beautiful state of Washington. She is a homeschooling mom who shares in her family’s very active and adventurous approach to life. As often as possible, she and her family spend their time outdoors exploring and discovering the beauty of God’s creation. Megan is passionate about sharing her faith in God, encouraging moms, taking pictures of her family playing together outside and she even revels in getting messy with her boys. She writes about all this and more at House of the Rising Sons. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.