Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Peanut Butter Granola Balls

Please don't judge these little balls or clumps by this picture. It was hard to get a good shot of them. I saw the recipe for these little babies over at Two Peas and their Pod and knew I needed to try them out. These did not disappoint. They came together in a snap and where quite tasty with no added sugar and very little butter. If you want a quick little snack or treat but don't have a lot of time and want something a little bit healthier give these babies a try.

Peanut Butter Granola Balls adapted from Two Peas& their Pod
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup natural or homemade peanut butter recipe found here
4 T. butter
2 cups rice cereal(rice krispies)
2 cups old fashioned oats(not quick cooking)
1/2-3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2-1 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
1/2 cup mini M&M's(optional)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, peanut butter, and honey. Stir until melted and smooth about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cereal, oats, cranberries, and chocolate chips. Let the mixture cool for 2 minutes and then stir in the M&M's. Drop mixture by tablespoons into mini paper cupcake or candy liners and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. I stored mine in the fridge.

Note: if you want chunks of chocolate instead of it melted than let the mixture cool and stir in chocolate chips later but I liked stirring in the chocolate right away and letting the chocolate coat the mixture and get melted.
Note:makes about 32 balls or clumps. I was too lazy to make mine look a lot like balls or to roll them for that matter so I just left them as clumps and they still tasted great!!!

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