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This is a guest post from Gina of Kleinworth & Co.
I love recipes that are simple, take just a handful of ingredients & can be ready to enjoy in a short period of time. With pressing schedules & everyone in the family going in a different direction most days, it’s hard to have more than a few moments to put in to something like homemade treats. But I love making desserts whenever possible instead of stopping at the store. This means I often come up with new & creative ways to make recipes that cut my time in the kitchen. This gives me more time to spend with the family, which is absolutely cherished. I’m sure you can relate.
Get a jump start on your week by prepping on the weekend! Your family’s breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be a breeze all week.
My favorite recipes are often of the no-bake variety because of their ease. My top picks usually contain things like peanut butter & honey & oats – which all pack their nutritional value. I mean, if I can make a treat that also has a little bit of goodness in there then I’m a happy mama. These No Bake M&M Cookie Balls definitely fit within that & they are so delicious too. Just a couple will definitely satisfy a chocolate or peanut butter craving. They are absolutely scrumptious. I just love the colors of the M&M’s. They make me happy.
Here is what you need:5 cups quick cook oats 2 cups creamy peanut butter 1 cup raw honey 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips or 3/4 cup mini M&M’s (or both!) Step 1: Combine oats, peanut butter, honey & vanilla in a large mixer bowl & stir to combine. I find that using my stand mixer on the lowest setting works great. If you don’t have one- no worries, you can do this with a spatula & give your arms a mini workout getting that peanut butter mixed in there.
Step 2: Fold in the mini chocolate chips & M&M’s.
Step 3: Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll between hands to form a ball like you would cookie dough. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet & chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm.
NOTE: Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. My son has found that they travel well too. He loves to pack several in a small airtight container with his lunch for work. When he’s short on time he can just snack on a couple & they keep him satisfied until his next break. I love that. It’s all the yummy, protein packed, peanut butter in there.
NO BAKE M&M COOKIE BALLS
- 5 cups quick cook oats
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup raw honey
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup mini M&M’s
- Combine oats, peanut butter, honey & vanilla in a large mixer bowl & stir to combine.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips & M&M’s.
- Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll between hands to form a ball.
Place on parchment lined baking sheet, chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm.
Cooling time: 30 minute(s). Number of servings (yield): 35-40.
Gina, author of Kleinworth & Co, is a busy homeschooling mom to 3 great kids ages 12-18. She likes to find new ways to make life simple & streamlined on a budget. She loves to share easy DIY projects, fun crafts with the kids & a whole lot of recipes, with a few photography tips sprinkled in occasionally too.