No Bake Granola Balls

I have researched many different recipes for grab and go granola type snacks. Some I have found just have way too much sugar and many just have so much peanut butter that you really taste nothing more than just that, peanut butter. So one day I did some experimenting in my lab(my kitchen). I wanted some peanut butter, some sweetness, as much protein as possible without adding any protein powders and mostly I wanted them to taste good. Here is what I came up with.

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No Bake Granola Balls

2 cups quick cooking oats

1/4 c. ground flax seed

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/3 c. sunflower seeds

dash of sea salt

20 pitted dates

1 TBSP. water

2 TBSP. natural peanut butter

2 TBSP. brown rice syrup

2 TBSP. mini chocolate chips(optional)

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First step, in a food processor add your 20 pitted dates and water and blend until smooth.

Second, in a small bowl mix together your natural peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Sometimes natural peanut butter is somewhat thick. Microwaving this mixture for 15-20 seconds will help with the mixing and make it nice and creamy.

Then in a large bowl combine all the remaining ingredients. Mix and then add your date mixture and the peanut butter mixture. Take your hands and mix until everything is combined and there are no crumbs remaining at the bottom of your bowl.

Last, form this mixture into balls to your desired size. Mine were about 1 inch and this recipe made 32 balls.

Store in the refrigerator, if they last long enough to store in your home:)

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