Chocolate Peanut Butter Bits

Well….Happy Tuesday!  I am on my way back to Boston after a wonderful visit to the Big Apple.  This trip was a mix between business and pleasure….but since I love my career, it felt a bit more like one big trip of pleasure.  The best part, of course, was spending some well-needed one-on-one time with my daughter, Chelsea.  We usually hangout as a family….which is AWESOME…but having time with my kids individually is really special.

Chelsea and I love to eat healthy but yummy foods–we both have a bit of a sweet tooth and we are REALLY good at spending money!  🙂

NYC 4

My work this week involved a photo shoot.  Complete with a makeup and hair stylist.  How cool is that?  I met the editors of a book I am working on….can’t really say any more about that (confidential)…but I am excited to share the details once it is published!

I do love NYC.  So much to see and do…NYC subway

Even on a gray day, NYC is a special place.Empire

Before I headed out on Sunday, I did do a bit of creating in the kitchen…so thought I would share my latest treat.

I thought I would try a no-bake sweet made with whole grain oats, peanut butter and a few extra yummies.

This is one of my favorite recipes to date.

A great re-fuel after a run, a quick healthy snack and a dessert rolled up in one.  bites on tray

So…I mixed some rolled oats, oat bran, all natural peanut butter, vanilla paste, walnuts, a bit of unsweetened coconut, a drizzle of maple syrup and a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips in my food processor.dough

Then I rolled them into balls and froze ’em.  That’s it.

I tried them right away at room temperature and liked them.

BUT, they taste even better cold!  mmmmm….

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bits

Ingredients

  • Serving size: 2 balls
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Toss all the ingredients in a food processor fit with steel blade.
  2. Pulse until mixture starts to blend up--but still has some texture (about 1-2 minutes)
  3. Drizzle a bit more maple syrup if too dry to roll into a ball.
  4. Make about 12-14 balls. Freeze and enjoy.
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