No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls

Protein balls

No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter or no stir almond butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Up to 4 tsp warm water, as needed
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (raw)
  • 3/4 cup toasted or raw coconut (I used sweetened)
  • 1/2 cup Protein Powder (I used chocolate)
  • 6 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and cocoa powder. If mixture seems too thick stir in 2 tsp warm water to thin. Add oats, coconut, protein powder and chocolate chips and stir until evenly coated. At this point if mixture still doesn't stick well, stir in up to 2 tsp water as needed. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until nearly set and easier to handle.
  2. Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

Notes

You can replace the protein powder with 1/2 C. of flaxseed if you wish!

A while back I posted my Granola Energy Bites recipe and it has been such a huge hit! Not only with my fans but with my family and friends!  I have friends tell me all the time that they are constantly sharing my recipe with their friends.  Today I had a huge craving for No-Bake Cookies.  It was the first cookie I ever made by myself as a kid and is still one of my all time favorite cookies!  I decided to tweek the recipe a bit by adding in some chocolate and make them more “no-bake cookie” tasting! Oh my…I am not going to lie, they taste SO much like them but much healthier.  It’s possibly due to the lack of 2 cups of sugar and a stick of butter but you really cannot tell it’s missing.

These are perfect for those chocolate cravings, a midday snack or even a quick on the go breakfast.

If you haven’t ever made energy bites yet, now is the time to start!!!

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Enjoy!

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S’mores Bars

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Ok…so I know it’s the middle of winter but a girl can dream of summer right!?  Picture this…sitting by the fire on a warm summer evening, beverage in one hand and a marshmallow on a stick in the other sizzling on the fire.  Oh….I cannot wait!  Winter isn’t quite over but with these delicious s’mores bars are wonderful all year long!  These taste just like a s’more but in more of a soft and chewy cookie form. They are melt in your mouth delicious! If you love s’mores you have to give this recipe a try!  I made them for our annual Valentine’s Party last week and they got gobbled up in no time!  If you are having a crowd like I did…you may want to double the batch!  Enjoy…and think summer!

S’mores Bars

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup fine graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 (4.4 oz) milk chocolate XL Hershey Bars
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and 8 by 8-inch baking dish and line with two sheets of parchment paper (or foil), leaving a slight over hang on each side, and butter paper (for easier cutting, you can just butter the baking dish without lining if you wish).
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, graham crack crumbs, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside. Use an electric mixer, blend together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and press one half of the dough into an even layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish. Place chocolate side by side over dough layer. Top chocolate with marshmallow fluff, spreading into an even layer. Take about golf ball size pieces of remaining dough and flatten into small shingles and layer side by side over marshmallow fluff (work to keep any of the fluff from showing through). Bake in preheated oven 27 - 30 minutes until top is lightly golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares (use parchment (or foil) overhang to lift bars from pan before cutting. You may want to cut just before serving as the filling will begin to run a little). Store in an airtight container.

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Mommy’s little helper for ALL our baking!

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And of course…she always has to taste test everything she puts in.

Smores Bars 2 I never have parchment paper on hand so I use foil…works just as good!  Evenly press the crust down in your 8×8 pan (Grease the foil)!

Smores Bars 8  My little helpers favorite part…top with the Hershey Candy Bars!

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Smores Bars 4  And…don’t forget to taste test! 🙂

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Here is what it looks like after you get the cream evenly spread over the crust and candy bars.

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After it comes out of the oven.

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Ooey Gooey Goodness!

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ENJOY!

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Dr. Seuss Free Printables

FREE Dr. Seuss Treat Bag Topper Printable.  Here are 2 versions for you.  Just print on cardstock, cut out (there are 2 per page), fold over a regular size sandwich bag and either staple, double sided tape or use glue dots to secure closed. That’s it…fill baggy with whatever you wish (Below is a cute example)! Just click on the picture below to get the download.

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Dr. Seuss Bag Toppers

We made these last year for my daughter to take to all her preschool friends!  Super fun, everyone loved them!  Get more Dr. Seuss party ideas here:

Green Eggs & Ham

Another example of using gold fish crackers!!

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I found these adorable FREE printables on Brightly Living Blog…they are super cute!!! Click here to go directly to her blog to print your own and see what adorable ideas she has!

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