• Erin DiMaggio

Yummy Peanut Butter Balls


Motherhood and Food...I have been on the job now for nine and a half years. I like to think I know a thing or two. But there are some things I just still can't understand. Like, "Why is it that all three of my children will put their finger in their nose, pick a prize, examine it and then eat it but then they will completely freak out if I put a new vegetable on their plate?" I don't know. All I know for sure, is that I have a preference for no drama eating. The best way to ensure a good mood and cooperation around healthy food is to make food that they enjoy and to invite the kids into the kitchen.

Peanut Butter Balls are one of our favorite healthy snacks. So if you are in the mood for some yummy food; put on your patience pastry hat and give this one a try.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups of Peanut Butter

I like Laura Scutters Peanut Butter because it is made straight up with only Peanuts and no added sugar or preservatives.

Or you can use any nut butter such as almond, sesame or cashew.

1 Cup of Oatmeal

(If someone has a gluten allergy go for the gluten free oats. They sell them at Whole Foods)

1 Cup of Coconut

1 Cup of Chocolate Chips

If you are a little more granola than I am, you can substitute dried fruit or another small nut for the chocolate chips.

****You might not want to let the toddler steal the chocolate chips...it's really hard to get them back.


DIRECTIONS:

Mix up. Roll into little balls. Eat and enjoy. Refrigerate for up to three days.


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Varies depending on the size of the peanut butter ball.

1 ball has approximately 6 grams of Protein, 14 grams of Total Carbohydrate, and 13 grams of Fat.

Health Benefits:

Fat from Peanut Butter is good!

“Including peanut butter in your meal may help decrease your appetite and minimize increases in your blood sugar, according to a study published in the "British Journal of Nutrition" in June 2013. This nutrient-dense food provides significant amounts of protein, fiber, niacin, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus.” Livestrong.com



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