I am having such a blast finding great recipes and adapting them into lower calorie treats that incorporate doTERRA CPTG Essential Oils! This one does double duty: it is a treat for the two-leggers (humans) that can be shared with the four-leggers (dogs) in our lives – just be sure you are using the recipe without the chocolate chips if you share. I use these for a quick pick-me-up for myself and also hide my dogs’ medicine in it and they don’t even notice! Note: My four-legged “kids” are 20# Cocker Spaniels … so for them I split a mini-ball in half to keep their calorie count down as well. But for ME – the full, whole Energy Ball, definitely!
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup organic peanut butter (no sugars added)
1/3 cup organic honey
1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened (if you don’t like the chunks of coconut flakes, you can grind them to powder in a coffee grinder)
½ cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 drops doTERRA Cinnamon Bark CPTG Essential Oil
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll into teaspoon sized balls.
- Eat them up!
The recipe above makes 34 mini-balls at only 72 calories each!
(Optional: add a few mini chocolate chips to each ball for a touch of extra sweetness!)
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The Benefits of Energy Balls: Slow burning energy. Natural sugars. Great taste!
Helps stop food cravings
Contains plant lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer
Enhances immune response to disease
Boosts energy – both protein and healthy monosaturated fats will give you an energy pick-me-up
Peanut butter is a great source of iron, which helps to maintain good circulation
The antioxidants and fiber in peanut butter help to reduce the risk of cancer
Honey is known for reducing muscle fatigue in athletes
Great immune system builder and possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumor properties
Nature’s energy booster – the glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar
Two components, lauric acid and monolaurin, appear to have antibacterial and antiviral properties
Three heathly components: Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Lignans, and Fiber
Flaxseed may have a protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer
New research also suggests significant blood pressure-lowering effects of flaxseed
Studies have shown that the scent of vanilla extract may assist people to lose weight
Studies have shown that vanilla extract has a positive benefit on dealing with stress and anxiety
doTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil:
Cinnamon detoxifies the digestive system and stimulates brain function
Clinical studies have linked cinnamon consumption to lowered blood sugar
Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help relieve arthritis pain
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