Healthy, Delicious Buckeyes
Looking for a special treat that's low in calories, high in energy, quick to prepare, and healthy? Try making these delicious Buckeyes. You won't even need to fire up that big oven.
These little Buckeyes are fantastic hunger-busters. They are loaded with fiber and protein, and are just plain good for you.
And of course what is a good Buckeye recipe without peanut butter? Its strengths include protein, B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, folate, magnesium, niacin and dietary fiber.
Although peanut butter is high in fat, its nutritional value is difficult to beat.
To lower caloric values and dietary fat content in this recipe opt for whipped Peter Pan Peanut Butter. You won't miss the flavor, because this variety is the real deal.
And you sure won't miss the calories and fat grams. You'll save about 1/3 the calories or regular and your tongue might even do a flip when it meets the whipped natural goodness of this peanut butter.
To make the Buckeyes you'll need to grab a sealable sandwich bag. This will be your mixing bowl. You can use a real bowl if you prefer, but the bag will eliminate the messy clean up.
½ cup of dry oatmeal - about 75 calories in dry state
½ cup of whipped peanut butter - about 600 calories
If you use regular peanut butter that contains about 190 calories per serving, 1 cup contains about 1,525 calories. One-half cup would contain about 763 calories. Whipped peanut butter contains about 150 calories per 2 Tablespoons - or 600 calories per 1/2 cup.
Place ½ cup of dry oatmeal into the bag with 1 teaspoon of any style of peanut butter. Next, add a blue, yellow or pink packet of sugar substitute sweetener to suit your taste preference or you can use granulated table sugar.
Seal the bag and begin squishing it about until the mixture is moist and able to form a ball.
If you experience difficulty mixing, you can add a few drops of water - or adjust your amount of peanut butter and oatmeal to the desired consistency.
Another liquid that compliments this recipe well is imitation vanilla, so just a drop or two can assist with the mixing process. If you're using whipped peanut butter, the mixing should be easier.
Form tiny balls. You should get about half a dozen and the entire recipe contains approximately 675 calories. Enjoy with a tall glass of low fat or reduced fat milk.
Another plus - children love making Buckeyes. But as a note, children under the age of five should not be allowed to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter as they could choke. Have fun and be safe.
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