Nut butters seem to be all the rage these days. With so many different flavors available how could you not love them. I'll admit I'm hooked. I eat some sort of raw nut butter just about every day. It's a great healthy option; either spread on crackers or mixed into smoothies.
As part of Virtual Potluck I was given the opportunity to try Artisana Nut Butters. What makes Artisana Butters stand out from the rest? Well they use 100% certified organic nuts hand crafted in small batches with no added ingredients. Their butters have a smooth almost velvety taste and are amazingly delicious.
I'll be honest I've been grinding my own nuts into butter for some time now but with Artisana's wide variety of flavors I no longer need to do that. They offer Walnut Butter, Pecan Butter, Cashew Butter, Macadamia/Cashew, Cacao Bliss, and Coconut Butter.
Now that nut butters have become mainstream I really wanted to find a unique way to use them in a recipe. I wanted to focus on turning them into an easy to reach for snack. Let's face it....we don't often have a jar of nut butter and something to spread it on just laying around. That's when I came up with making a sort of "power" ball. Incorporating the butters into a on the go snack.
Mixing the nut butter of your choice with other healthy ingredients like oatmeal, honey, and dried fruit and molding into bite sized balls you can have a great portable healthy snack option.
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Nut Butter Power Balls
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup dried cranberries, or cherries chopped
1/2 cup raw nut butter of your choice
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup flax seeds (optional)
2 Tbsp honey
In a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup of the oats until powdery. Transfer to a dish. In the same processor bowl pulse the remaining oats until finely chopped. Mix in the rest of your ingredients until combined. Form dough into balls and roll in the ground oats to coat. Store in the refrigerator for at least one hour.