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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Butterscotch Protein Balls

There are some days that you need something sweet, or, if you're my children, every afternoon.  That's about the time they start begging for the cookies.  I usually make them chocolate chip cookies and spend the rest of the evening trying to stay out of them.  Today I decided I wanted some too, but without the guilt.  And white flour.  And sugar.  And butter. 

I've made protein balls tons of times.  They are usually with some sort of chocolate protein powder, and very delicious.  Perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth and afternoon munchies.  This time I was in the mood for pecan sandies, so here's what I came up with.  Only with walnuts.  Hey, I was out of pecans and in no mood to brave the grocery store with 3 wound up children.  I know you don't blame me.  This is the walnut version, which was delicious.  Equally delicious would be pecans.  Seriously if you only make one recipe on this blog, this should be it.  The only problem?  Not making a double batch the first time.

*The walnuts (or pecans) are a great source of healthy, filling fat, good for glowing skin.  (Among other benefits but who doesn't want glowy skin?)  The oats and chia seeds give a great boost of fiber to balance your blood sugar.  Also the chia seeds are a source of complete protein, containing all 8 essential amino acids, as well as high in antioxidants, iron and potassium. 

1 cup walnuts (or pecans)
1 cup oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (you could also try hemp seeds or flaxseeds)
1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1.  Place the walnuts and oats in the food process, and process until ground into a flour.  Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, and chia seeds, and blend until smooth. 

2.  Scrape mixture into a bowl, add the butterscotch chips, and mix well. 

3.  Roll into bite-sized balls, squeezing them as you go to hold them together.  Store in the refrigerator, if they make it that far:)

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