Peanut butter chocolate chip no bake balls

I feel like I’m cheating on Jenn this week. March’s theme for what I ate Wednesday is all about the greens and here I am giving you peanut butter chocolate chip balls. But, oh em gee are they good!

Breakfast:

It had been about a week since my last breakfast bake which is about 6 days too long. I went with the banana cornbread version. It’s my favorite one because it’s done in 2 minutes in the microwave.

Lunch:

A hummus veggie wrap with extra veg that didn’t fit in the wrap on the side and a delicious avocado with olive oil, salt & pepper. I had no quick protein to throw in the wrap so I ate some cottage cheese with cinnamon on the side. I’ll be honest though, that mix was a little weird going from the veggie wrap to cottage cheese. My stomach was kinda like “what’s up with that woman?”

Snack:

I haven’t had a legitimate dessert since last week and I wasn’t about to give up on “eat clean” month 6 days in so when all I could think about was cookies around 2pm this is what I came up with.

No bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls made with oats, almond flour, flax seed and coconut flakes. I’m not even exaggerating in the slightest when I say they taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Best balls I’ve ever made, hands down. And, they don’t even involve the food processor. Just dump everything in a bowl, mix, refrigerate quickly and roll into balls. Done and done.

Dinner:

This random pasta combination was concocted while doing this workout of death at 5pm. I needed something to keep my mind off the 4 minutes of nonstop jumping lunges and mountain climbers.

Playing with filters on snapseed is my new solution to horrible dinner lighting. The app has taken awhile to grow on me but it has some pretty cool features once you figure it out.

So hiding in that bowl is whole wheat linguine, chicken sausage, sautéed shallots with roasted asparagus and tomatoes. I adore pasta so my trick to keeping portion sizes under control and not eating the entire pound myself (which I could totally do) is to load it full of veggies. Between the two of us we polished off an entire pint of cherry tomatoes and 1 whole bunch of asparagus.

I ended the night with another peanut butter ball and the finale of Downton Abbey. Season 2 had it’s moments of cheesiness but that ending couldn’t have been better. I’m surprised they actually ended it that way and didn’t leave us hanging. So now the tally is Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey that I’m anxiously awaiting the next seasons of. I don’t have the patience for this.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No Bake Balls
 
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No bake snack balls that taste just like a Reese's peanut butter cup.
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Recipe type: snacks, desserts
Serves: 15 balls
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix together well with a spatula.
  2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll into balls.
  4. Keep refrigerated.

 

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    • 6

      Running to the Kitchen says

      wow, that was quick! So glad you liked them. They’re so easy and the tasty factor for the amount of effort is pretty good :)

  1. 10

    says

    Uh OK. When I get done with this “I gave up sweets” nonsense, those no bake balls are on my list of things to make. Holy yum! They look and sound fantastic! I’m with you on pasta. I’ve been on the healthier track for almost a year now and I know a lot of it is due to not eating a ton of carbs like pasta. I’m so scared to eat too much or not have enough of veggies and nutrients to go along with the pasta to justify eating it! :( It’s a struggle, but I’m hoping it will pass soon!

  2. 11

    says

    I’m oddly so happy to find a “balls” recipe that does not require a food processor! For some reason, that step always intimidates me, especially since I just have a magic bullet. Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. 12

    says

    I definitely see some green snuck in there! It’s not all peanut butter and chocolate, although wouldnt that be nice. About to check out that workout of death, I need a good one this morning.

  4. 15

    says

    Those look so tasty.

    Is it weird that I see the picture of the bowl of tipped over oats and it makes me uncomfortable because all I can think about is cleaning it up? Something is wrong with me.

    • 16

      Running to the Kitchen says

      haha, I think that way when I see people’s pics that have things dripping down the side of them. Oats are a lot easier to clean up that drinks and chocolate running down onto the plate/placemat/table!

  5. 18

    says

    “No bake snack balls that taste just like a Reese’s peanut butter cup.” <— REALLY???!!! Ok I am all about these. I have soooo many versions of PB balls and PB cookie dough balls. Would have never thought that the coconut helps with the Reeses taste or that it doesn't overpower the rest…but I trust you and wanna try!

    • 24

      Running to the Kitchen says

      Do you have almonds? Almond flour is just ground up almonds. I wouldn’t use regular flour since they’re no bake, I’d just grind up any kind of raw nut you have (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans). Or, just use more oats and forget the nuts all together.

      • 25

        says

        I was just going to ask this – awesome. I have lots of nuts in my freezer! I must say that I admire your balls (teehee) – seriously – you have some great ball recipes! I loved the no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough balls.

    • 29

      Running to the Kitchen says

      She is the best. We both laugh so friggin hard when she cracks jokes b/c it’s so out of character. Hysterical.

  6. 35

    says

    Yummy :D Some of my favorite peanut butter ball type things are ones made with coconut. It’s just so delicious. I need some of these in my life, it’s been too long since I made anything like them! Also, your wrap looks so good. I think the sprouts are calling to me – I haven’t had any in way too long too!

    • 36

      Running to the Kitchen says

      The sprouts were a total impulse buy, I hadn’t had them in forever. They make sandwiches fun :)

  7. 37

    says

    I seriously die for your ball recipes. You should consolidate them and put them all on one page so its easy for me to find them. I know your whole purpose of blogging is to make my life easier right? :)
    Can I sub oat flour for the almond flour? Balls are my hands down fave thing to have on hand (pun intended) for a quick snack. Love all the variations.

    • 38

      Running to the Kitchen says

      haha..a ball page, love it. If you go to the recipe tab (the second one, the first will be deleted once I get everything onto recipage) you can actually search for the word “balls” and it will pull up all of them in one place :)

    • 40

      Running to the Kitchen says

      I don’t think the coconut was key if you want to try them even sooner ;) Just add a bit more oats or flax.

    • 43

      Running to the Kitchen says

      If you have almonds, just grind those up. Almond flour is just that. I wouldn’t use regular flour since they’re no bake, might taste funky. Try grinding up whatever nuts you have on had or use oat flour (ground up oats) instead.

  8. 44

    says

    Omg, your breakfast picture is making me wish it was 7am already. And that is incredibly hard to do since I am SO NOT a morning person!!
    And I am all over anything that tastes even remotely like a Reese’s, so you *know* I’ll be trying those balls asap ;)

  9. 46

    says

    I am also curious about substituting almond flour…Does whole wheat pastry flour work instead? Or oat flour? I can’t wait to try these. They look delicious!

    • 47

      Running to the Kitchen says

      i would use oat flour, not pastry flour since they’re no bake. See my comments to others though..almond flour is easy to make yourself, just ground up almonds!

  10. 49

    Gabi says

    I just made those and had to refrain myself from eating them all for breakfast. They are FANTASTIC! So many tempting balls recipes on your blog, I want to try them all! Thanks for this one, I have a feeling I’ll make them frequently.

  11. 50

    Em says

    Thank you for such an awesome recipe!!! I made these this afternoon and they have already been eaten with requests to make more:) I rolled them into 1tsp. size balls and my kids were eating them by the handfuls. Even my “can’t stand to eat anything healthy” husband put down his fig newtons and had 2!!!!!:) They were exceptional!! Thanks again!

  12. 52

    says

    Is it ok if I don’t use almond flour and regular flower instead? And is it ok if I don’t use coconut shavings? I really think these r amazing!!! (my friend makes them :) )

  13. 53

    Kristi says

    I just have to say thank you. I make this recipe ALL the time. I call them Power Ball Cookies and my young kids eat them up. They are my husband’s favorite cookie. I bring them to work as a healthy dessert alternative. THEY ARE AWESOME!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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