Chocolate Cherry Granola Balls

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I might be mildly obsessed with these little bitty bite size treats.  I actually cannot stop eating them and I made them as a snack for my girls…well maybe a little for me (I do LOVE peanut butter)!  I have been focusing on healthy snacks in our house, to close out the summer and start the new school year fresh and these are on the top of my list.  

Summer is kind of a party for our family, no schedule, no routine and a lot of special treats (it helps us get through the day).  With only a  few more weeks left before school goes back, I want to prepare myself with the perfect afternoon snacks that are healthy, easy to make and the whole family loves. These peanut butter granola balls are the perfect refuel treat after a long day at work or school.  The hardest time of day, 4pm-5pm, when the whole family is hungry and I can’t make dinner fast enough, this is when we need these healthy snacks ready to go.  

I created thes bite size granola balls because I wanted something quick and easy that I can whip up any time with no oven needed.  I actually think these healthy treats taste more like dessert to me…and I am ok with that!   Enjoy these for breakfast, snack or as an after dinner treat and you won’t feel guilty about it!  

Feel free to change out some of the ingredients for your favorites!

Other Options:
Almond Butter —>Peanut Butter (makes them have a drier texture, but still good)
Raisins or Dried Cranberries—>Dried Cherries
Sliced Almonds—>Shredded Coconut

Chocolate Cherry Granola Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oatmeal
  2. 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
  3. 1/2 cup dried cherries
  4. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  5. 1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  6. 2 Tbsp honey
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. pinch of salt
  9. pinch of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Mix until totally combined
  3. scoop a heaping 1 Tbsp of the oatmeal mixture and roll into balls
  4. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to eat!
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  1. says

    Kristen,
    I’m making these today, and since both my girls have grown up and moved out (and my husband doesn’t really eat sweets), I plan to eat every single one of them MYSELF!!!

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