Meal Planning Monday – No bake Breakfast Bites

 I love easy. In case you didn’t know.

These are easy. I whipped them up on a Saturday afternoon during nap time. I would have to say the most difficult part was sitting and waiting for it to firm up in the fridge before I could roll them into balls.

I had been wanting to make these bad boys for a while and I was searching for a recipe. I found one blogger that basically broke it all down and said “pick what you want. Experiment with wet and dry.” So I tried to not read a recipe and just create my own. Boy, am I glad I did.

I had some raisins in the back of the pantry that I bought for a recipe a while ago. We aren’t really raisin people unless it’s in a recipe. So I decided to throw those in, too.

Also something that is not a secret, I love peanut butter and chocolate. So that was an easy decision – that I would use peanut butter and chocolate in this recipe.

I also enjoy adding flax seed meal to some of my recipes because it has tons of health benefits and it helps with milk supply (because of all of the Omega 3’s). So does the oatmeal. So that’s a big benefit in my world.

*1 cup old fashioned oats
*2/3 cups chocolate chips
*1/2 cup flaxseed meal
*1/3 cup raisins
*1 tsp vanilla extract
*1/2 cup peanut butter
*1/3 cup honey

Add all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix until they’re all wet.

Cover and let sit in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. This will help you roll them into balls. Or you can flatten it out into a baking dish lined with parchment paper and cut them into bars.

Remove from the fridge and roll them into balls. After I rolled them into balls I lined a baking sheet with foil and placed them on the sheet. Then I covered them with foil and let them harden a little longer in the fridge for the rest of the day.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

You could get totally fun with this – m&m’s, caramel, whatever. If you make your own and it’s too dry, add more honey, peanut butter, etc. If it’s too wet, add more oatmeal. It really is so simple and fun because you can make it into anything.

Dan has already told me he wants butterscotch next! Maybe add some dried apples and cinnamon too. Yum!

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