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12/19/18

No Bake Jingle Balls


With so much on your holiday to-do list, you may be rolling your eyes at the thought of baking another holiday treat.

If you like quick and tasty, read on.

This no-bake recipe is easy to make with the family and it's sure to be a tempting crowd pleaser at your upcoming holiday party. Or, if you like to indulge in the occasional homemade treat, this recipe is for you. The best part..... you probably have most of the ingredients at home.

With so many overly sweet desserts around the holidays, you can feel great when eating your Jingle Balls. 

Jingle Balls
By Joey Mock, RD, LD, CLT
Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes (plus an extra 2 Tablespoons reserved for rolling finished balls if desired)
¼ cup ground flaxseed meal
⅓ cup M&Ms Minis (red and green holiday ones)*
¾ cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
⅓ cup honey


Preparation
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. 
  2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to set (this will make the balls easier to roll).
  3. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Use a tablespoon to scoop mixture** and roll into about 25 balls. If desired, place extra shredded coconut flakes on a plate and roll some or all of the balls in the flakes (for “snow” covered Jingle Balls). 
  4. Place on wax paper (or a sheet pan).
  5. Store balls in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage. 
  6. Enjoy.
*I found the M&M’s Minis in the holiday candy area (1-1.77 oz stocking stuffer sized tube is a good size if you don’t want a lot of leftovers). If you can’t find the Minis, coarsely chop the regular sized holiday M&M’s.

**Time saving tip: One of my favorite kitchen tools, an OXO 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop, works great to quickly scoop the mixture into evenly sized balls. This tool would make a great holiday gift for anyone who regularly makes energy balls (and/or cookies :-)). 

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