Hi friends, or should I call you “chefs”...?
Even if you don’t feel like a chef yet, you will soon be cooking up a (healthy) storm. I know that making healthy meals easy, quick, & fun is a BIG promise, and I will do my best to deliver. You see, my journey into healthy eating started at least 5 years ago when I first started dealing with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It didn’t take long to learned not only how making healthier choices impacts your body, but also how simple is CAN be.
I know most food blogs show gorgeous, Pinterest-worthy photos with fancy, complicated recipes, but not here! I’m a student, my guess is if you’re reading this, you are too, and we have neither fancy kitchens nor oodles of time.
I am going to give you the basics. This will be the simplest possible ways to make healthy food; no fluff or expensive ingredients that warrant a trip to a health food store. I am bringing my student kitchen to you.
I am so excited to start this little project! Maybe it will just keep me busy during quarantine, or maybe it will turn turn into something much, much bigger. Who knows?! Honestly, I just want to inspire you to make some healthier choices and teach you how you can ~realistically~ do so.
Okay, enough from me, let’s get cooking!
These balls of goodness are my first-ever memory of “healthy treats” – and they are also what got me hooked! I think I first made them when I was 15, and they’ve been a hit ever since. Seriously, even self-proclaimed “healthy treats aren’t real treats people” LOVE these. They are shocked to find out there is no flour, sugar, or butter! (but there are chocolate chips, of course)
I’ve have adapted the original recipe I found 5 years ago (ah, scary!) since then to make it as EASY as possible…
You need one 1/2C measuring cup, and if you add the ingredients in the order I listed, you won’t need to wash it in between. The only other equipment you need is a bowl (obviously) and a fork for mixing. That means you have a grand total of three – THREE – dishes, all of which you can put in a dishwasher, if your student house is lucky enough to have one. Seriously, it doesn’t get simpler than this!
Let’s get to it…
- 1C Rolled Oats (any type of oats will do).
- Use your 1/2C measuring cup twice to avoid an extra dish.
- 1/2C Shredded Coconut.
- I always buy/use unsweetened! You can’t taste the difference in recipes and you just eliminate tons of unnecessary sugar (refined sugar = not healthy)
- 1/4C Flaxseed
- Simply fill your 1/2C measuring cup halfway – it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it kinda close
- If you don’t have this on hand, substitute for another dry good. Whole wheat flour might work, but I haven’t tried that and can’t confirm. (If you try and it works, leave a comment below so others know too)
- 1/4C – 1/2C Chocolate Chips
- Add more/less depending on how hard your upcoming week is 😉
- 1/2C Peanut Butter
- I much prefer natural PB because again, un-necessary sugar, but whatever kind you have on hand will work
- 1/4C Honey
- This helps the balls stick together. Any type of syrup would also work (i.e. maple syrup, agave, etc)
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Remember to add in the order above (i.e. dry first, liquid second) so you don’t have to wash your measuring cup in between!
- Mix until it forms a cookie-dough-like texture.
- Roll into balls. I usually get about 12, but it depends on how much batter I “sample” while rolling 😉
- Taste to understand why I call these OG Amaze-balls.
- Time to ball out (I hate that I said that too). Share with friends & impress them with your culinary skills!
- Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week (if they last that long)
- You could also freeze these and then move to refrigerator when ready to eat
Serving: 1 of 12 Servings
Calories: 174 | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | TransFat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 148mg | Total Carbohydrates: 15g | Dietary Fiber: 3g | Sugars: 9g | Protein: 4g
***Note: These are an approximation per serving and intended to give you a general sense of the nutritional component of foods NOT to track foods down to the calorie or deprive yourself!
If you make any ingredient substitutions that work well, please comment them below for others in case they are in the same situation!
If you make these, please share them on and tag me in your post @simplestudenteats_!
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