Granola Energy Balls

I must admit that I don’t have a sweet tooth. Most of the times I don’t eat dessert after eating my main meal because I’m usually full and don’t need anything else. Occasionally, I eat a small portion of dessert, which typically is one that is more healthy for me. Fresh or dried fruits, a small slice of fruit pie, or a glass of real juice I prefer over heavily frosted cakes and sickeningly sweet, sugar-loaded, desserts. Anyway, this little sweet treat recipe I am sharing with you is not your ordinary dessert: it’s healthy and delicious. A piece or two is perfect to satisfy your dessert craving. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup peanut butter (I used plain, roasted, unsalted & unsweetened homemade peanut butter)
2 TBspoon virgin coconut oil (you may use plant-based melted butter or olive oil)
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup almond milk or soymilk
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups granola cereal
3 TBspoon sesame seeds (chopped walnuts or any nut combination)
3/4 cup soymilk powder (or other low fat powdered milk of your choice)
3/4 to 1 cup shredded coconut

STEPS:

1. Combine peanut butter, oil, sea salt, honey and almond milk. Mix thoroughly using a spatula or a wooden spoon.
2. Stir in soymilk powder, raisins and sesame seeds.
3. Add granola cereal and mix thoroughly until everything is well coated. If the mixture is too wet just add more soymilk powder.
4. Drop 1 heaping teaspoon mixture into shredded coconut. Sprinkle enough coconut flakes on top so you can handle the mixture. Gently press to form into ball.

***It’s a little tricky to form the mixture into ball shapes. Don’t worry, just be gentle and patient. They don’t have to be perfect ball shape, you can make it to any shape you want. Once refrigerated they will hold their shape fine. 🙂

5. Store in an airtight container. Refrigerate.

Makes about 25-30 Granola energy balls. Great for a treat, great for dessert, or make it as a gift!

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