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Goodie balls

I should start by saying that these little treats are by no means only for kiddos. I first had one of these delicious little treats in Byron Bay, Australia at a smoothie shop. They called them “goodie balls” and had a variety of flavors. I instantly loved them so when I got home I did a google search and found a few recipes. They are sometimes called “power balls” or “energy balls”. Anyway, I followed a recipe I found online and then I started experimenting. They are basically no-bake, healthy cookies. You can play around with them and use other dried fruits, nuts, or seeds. We had friends in town this past weekend and they were a big hit (with adults). Brooks loves them too. Keep in mind that both recipes have both peanut butter and honey so they aren’t appropriate for babies under one or for kids with food allergies. Anyway, here are recipes for two different kinds of goodie balls:

Basic goodie ball:

1/2 cup each: flaxseed meal, raw almonds or other raw nuts, raisins or dates

3/4 cup rolled oats

Put all of this in the food processor and process until smooth. Put in a bowl and add 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup honey. Mix well and roll into small balls

My favorite goodie ball:

Put 3/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup cranberries, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup flaxseeds, 1/8 cup chia seeds in a food processor and process until smooth. Put in a bowl and add 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey, and 1/8 cup agave nectar. Mix well and roll into balls.

They are super easy and will keep at room temperature for about a week (if you don’t eat them all by then). Enjoy!

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