Overindulging in empty calories is a holiday hazard. Here are ways to pack treats with nutrients, using delicious dried fruits, nuts, spices, whole-grain cereals and even chocolate. Fruits and nuts are rich in antioxidants; cinnamon suppresses blood sugar spikes; chocolate may help your heart and your mood.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Microwave chips in a bowl on high power until melted, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir. Add remaining ingredients; mix thoroughly. Using your hands, firmly roll into 1-inch balls. Cool.

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Nutrition Facts

64.6 calories; 2.3 g protein; 6.7 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 18.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2011
I'm giving 5 stars because these tasted great but for some reason my peanut butter chips wouldn't melt. They just got dry and soft like they had been overcooked but I checked it often in the microwave. Oh well. I added milk and put them in the freezer to harden. Will try again! Read More
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/24/2013
These were just ok for me. I must admit I was a little surprised by the texture as they do harden into quite a firm ball. I was expecting something a touch more chewy. These were ok just nothing that I loved or can see myself making again. Plus the "teaser" indicates this recipe includes chocolate but it doesn't? It would be better w/some small touch of chocolate for sure. Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2011
I'm giving 5 stars because these tasted great but for some reason my peanut butter chips wouldn't melt. They just got dry and soft like they had been overcooked but I checked it often in the microwave. Oh well. I added milk and put them in the freezer to harden. Will try again! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
Very good and very easy! Will make again:) Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2011
I'm giving 5 stars because these tasted great but for some reason my peanut butter chips wouldn't melt. They just got dry and soft like they had been overcooked but I checked it often in the microwave. Oh well. I added milk and put them in the freezer to harden. Will try again! Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2007
What a wonderful healthy snack!! I melted the peanut butter chips in the microwave then added the remaining ingredients. Couldn't get much easier! I'm anxious to make them for my grandkids for a snack! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2006
These are wonderful! I love having a snack that is somewhat good for you. Thank you Jean for this recipe! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2006
Rather than shaping them with your hands since that can get very messy try using a melon baller that has been sprayed with cooking spray. These are yummy and somewhat healthier than some recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2009
I know many folks hate it when a recipe is changed...but when you don't have all the ingredients on hand you make due. I used low granola cereal with raisins in place of the peanuts oats and raisins...I eyeballed it...but it was close to 1 3/4 c of cereal. I used a small cookie scoop and ended up with 31 'balls'. Even though I'm not at all a fan of peanut butter - these turned out to be good. Next time I'm going to try them with chocolate chips! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/24/2013
These were just ok for me. I must admit I was a little surprised by the texture as they do harden into quite a firm ball. I was expecting something a touch more chewy. These were ok just nothing that I loved or can see myself making again. Plus the "teaser" indicates this recipe includes chocolate but it doesn't? It would be better w/some small touch of chocolate for sure. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2013
Quick and easy and perfect to make with little ones. Read More