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Peanut Butter Protein Bites

The first time I saw a recipe for protein balls on Pinterest, I fell in love with the idea.  The blogger described them as cookie dough bites without the risk for salmonella, perfect!  I have a major sweet tooth and love having something on hand that won’t leave me completely guilt-ridden.  As usual, I played with a few recipes until I found the consistency I was looking for.  Many of the recipes I found called for unsweetened shredded coconut, which I like, but didn’t want the extra calories.  In this recipe I use rice cereal (Rice Crispies), since I had some on hand from my last batch of experimental granola.  Feel free to sub coconut for the rice cereal, I’ve made it both ways and they are equally tasty.  I like the little bit of crunch that the rice cereal gives, so I tend to stick with it.  Makes for a great breakfast, snack or dessert! 

Not only can you enjoy 1-2 on your way out the door in the morning, they are also a good bribery tool in our home.  Our son loves them (no surprise, he loves anything sweet), so I’ll use these as an incentive to stay in his bed all night, take a good nap, eat all his dinner, or for any behavior I’m trying to encourage.  Enjoy, and try not to eat them all at once!

Peanut Butter Protein Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c peanut butter
  2. 1/3 c honey
  3. 1 t vanilla extract
  4. 1 c raw old fashioned oats
  5. 1/2 c ground flaxseed meal
  6. 1/2 c rice cereal (Rice Crispies)
  7. 3T mini semi- sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix peanut butter, honey and vanilla.
  2. 2. Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  3. 3. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before rolling into 1-2 inch balls.
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