Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Protein Rich Flax seed Balls

These are simple flax seed snack balls that I chanced upon from here.They make excellent snacks and are heathy too.I was googling for flax recipes and these seemed so simple and easy that I made these right away.

Ingredients:
Peanut butter : 1/2 cup
Skimmed/nonfat milk powder :3/4 cup
Flaxseed Powder: 1/2 cup
Honey :1/2 cup
Cereal, such as Honey Bunches of Oats or any oats/wheat/cornflakes: 1/2 cup
Craisins :1/3 cup
Sunflower seeds:1/3 cup

Preparation:
Combine peanut butter, milk powder, flaxseed powder, honey in a bowl and mix well. Stir in sunflower seeds and craisins.I simply grounf flax seeds in a coffee grinder/chutney bowl to a fine powder and measured half cup.Flax seeds are also known as alsi seeds in Hindi. The dough looks like


Pinch small pieces and roll in crushed cereal. Place on waxed paper in a plate.

Optionally chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.I simply served as such.

A perfect anytime snack.You feel ony the taste of peanut butter and the craisins and never for a moment feel that this contain flax.The flax seeds are very good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and must be inlcuded in daily diet even if not used for baking.You have to consume atleast 1 tbsp of flax powder/meal everyday either directly or adding it to porridge, oatmeal, fruits, gravies,smoothies etc.

I think the dish is perfect for Srivalli's Kids Delight: Wholesome Snacks and these flax balls also visit HealthNut Challenge 4: Bitter Better Foods where I was very happy to discover flax in the list.I have got a big batch of flax seeds waiting to be used up.

If you do not like/have peanut butter which are equally healthy they you can use dates instead.Checkout these health balls from AnuDivya. Also instead of milk powder soy milk powder should work as well.
UPDATE on 15 March 2010: These are also going to visit Sunday Snacks: Healthy Snacks at Dilse

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