Chocolate Cherry Walnut Energy Balls

Americans spend billions on energy bars containing ingredients that may or may not be healthy. Here’s a simple recipe that is sweet but full of healthful protein and energy stoking ingredients.

Try these in place of your typical dessert, tuck them in a lunchbox or pack them up for your next road trip. It’s a sweet treat with minimal guilt.

Chocolate Cherry Walnut Energy Balls

½ cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup oats
¼ cup flax seed meal
¼ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup walnuts chopped
¼ cup dried cherries chopped

Stir in medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
Stir in oats, flax, chocolate chips, walnuts and cherries.
Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, roll into evenly sized balls and place on wax paper-lined baking sheet.
Chill balls 30 minutes or longer to set before serving.

Recipe Notes: Energy balls can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If they don’t form perfectly right away, keep rolling them between your hands. The warmth of your hands will release the natural oils in the walnuts, which will help shape the balls.

Yield: approximately 20; 103 calories per serving