I adapted this recipe from The Cilatropist who appears to have adapted it from someone who adapted it from someone.... It appears the original source was Keep the Faith each time it was changed a little. I also changed the recipe a little based on what my husband likes and what we had on hand in the house. Other ingredients that are great to add are organic raisins or cranberries, dates, raw pumpkin seeds, organic psyllium husks or oat bran (for added fiber), cocao (raw chocolate higher vitamins and minerals), and white chocolate.
Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites
Small Batch (about 12-16 balls)
3/4 cup organic quick rolled oats
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (or your favorite nut)
1/2 cup roughly chopped or your favorite dried fruit
1/4 cup of mini dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
2 tbsp ground flax seed or oat bran
1/4 tsp pink salt or 1/2 tsp if using unsalted peanut butter
3/4 cup organic creamy peanut butter or sub cashew or almond butter
1 tbsp honey (or 1 tsp stevia)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Big Batch (about 25-30 balls)
1 1/2 cup organic quick rolled oats
2 tablespoon chopped walnuts (or your favorite nut)
1/2 cup of your favorite dried fruit
1/3-1/2 cup of mini dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
1/4 cup ground flax seed or oat bran
1/2 tsp pink salt or 1 tsp if using unsalted peanut butter
1 1/2 cup organic creamy peanut butter or sub almond butter (I like adding white chocolate chips and cranberries with almond butter instead)
1 1/2 tbsp honey (or 2 tsp stevia) optional I've made it without sweetener and it's still good
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Optional add Ins For Extra Health:
1-2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds
1-2 tablespoons of raw pumpkin seeds ground in a food processor
2 tablespoons of organic psyllium husk (for added fiber, this adds 12 grams extra of fiber for the whole batch) or oat bran
2 tablespoons of ground cocao (raw chocolate) chocolate in it's raw form is an amazing super food and so good with peanut butter!
*an unhealthy but really good add on is organic (do not use any with high fructose corn syrup since it's GMO) chocolate syrup to desired taste and consistency.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Take some of the dough and press it together between your hands - if it sticks together well, it is ready to go, if it feels too dry then add a bit more peanut butter or honey. If it is too 'wet,' add some extra oats or flax.
To form the dough into a small bite, use a spoon or a cookie scoop to portion out the dough (I used a cookie scoop), squeeze it between your hands, and then gently roll it into a ball. This amount of dough makes 12 bites that are about 2 inches in diameter. Store the bites in an airtight container, and keep them refrigerated until eating. Bites will keep for 1-2 weeks refrigerated.