June is finally here and I am ready to celebrate summer and everything that comes with it. It’s also time for another monthly health challenge. With so much extra activity in the summer months I thought it would be a wonderful time to challenge everyone to this month’s goal.
June Health Challenge: Eat breakfast every single morning….big or small….just eat something.
For many individuals breakfast is the meal many of us skip. We can think up any excuse possible not to eat breakfast and it’s probably one of the easiest meals to prepare. At the same time, it’s also the meal that is most important to eat.
So let’s all make an effort to prepare, grab, or even drink at least something for breakfast. And just in case your all wondering, COFFEE is NOT breakfast! However, pair it with something like no bake granola balls and you can then consider it breakfast.
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.
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)
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:)