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Healthy and Delicious? It Can Be Done

The secret is out. BE Instructor Jess Amoroso made some delicious, healthy treats for her West Ashley students and they have been the talk of the studio. Her recipes are in high demand, so we asked her to spill the beans. Thanks to Jess, and recipes from Gimme Some Oven, we can all make snacking a little healthier (and more delicious)!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats, although use gluten-free oats if making this GF)
2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour, to make the mix easier to handle and mold. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 balls.

*If the mix seems to dry, add in an extra tablespoon or two of honey or peanut butter. If the mix seems too wet (which may happen if you use natural peanut butter), add extra oatmeal.

Cashew Butter Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup dry oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 balls.

Nutella Energy Bites

These delicious no bake energy bites get an extra chocolate and hazelnut kick with some Nutella!

PREP: 15 MINS TOTAL: 15 MINS

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup Nutella
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts
2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients together in a food processor and pulse until combined. Cover mixture and transfer to the refrigerator, and let cool for about 30-60 minutes. (This will slightly harden the mixture and make it easier to form into balls.)

When mixture is cool, remove and roll into balls of your desired size. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate in a covered container.​

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