No-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Balls (5-ingredients, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, High-protein, Vegan option)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein BallsApparently, it’s THAT time of year (no, NOT Christmas – the other “THAT” time of year): back-to-school!  (I say “apparently” because I’ve been out of school for longer than I care to admit.)  Or it’s back-to-work or back-to-the-gym or maybe even Back to the Future (!) for you.  Wherever (or whenever) your day takes you, these balls make a perfectly portable pick-me-up.  And in this more hectic time of year, what’s more magical than hearing that a recipe is no-bake, and only requires five wholesome ingredients?  Much easier than homework, I promise!

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(High-Protein) Dark Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oatmeal

Dark Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oatmeal SpoonfulCherry blossom season in South Korea is BEAUTIFUL.  Streets and countrysides are lined with trees whose branches are clouds of pink and white blossoms.  As the season progresses, these blossoms drop away and float down like a soft, warm wonderful kind of snow and blanket the shoulders of the roadways.  But what’s even more beautiful, in my mind, is the bounty of fresh, ripe cherries that follows.  Rich, deep-red cherries with shiny, glossy skins are currently lining the shelves of grocery stores, fruit stands and markets everywhere.  Their fresh, tart sweetness is begging to be eaten and I am eating them in abundance!  I eat them by the handful, the bowful, the bagful, and the whole darn boxful!  And guess what happens to pair perfectly with juicy cherries?  Rich, complex, oh-so-slightly bitter deep-dark chocolate!  I was literally mid-drizzle with my chocolate syrup* poised over a bowl of fresh chopped cherries when my latest idea for Overnight Oatmeal sprang to mind.  Dark Chocolate Cherry is decadently delicious and still as healthful, high-protein and wholesome as ever!

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(High-Protein) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Overnight Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)Peanut butter and chocolate.  No one really knows whether peanut butter’s first love is truly jelly or whether it’s chocolate.  They just go together.  It’s really a no-brainer, isn’t it? And oatmeal for breakfast is a wholesome, natural choice.  Make it overnight oatmeal so there’s no standing and stirring over a hot pot in this easy, healthy recipe.  And why not make it high in protein?  I hope you’re not still thinking about it!  Let’s get to it RIGHT NOW!

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(High-Protein) Triple Chocolate “Chocoholic” Overnight Oatmeal

triple-chocolate-overnight-oatmealJust in time for National Chocolate Chip Day (May 15, 2015, in the U.S. anyway, in case you didn’t know – I didn’t either, until it showed up in my Facebook news feed), I present Triple Chocolate “Chocoholic” Overnight Oatmeal complete with chocolate chips!  I couldn’t very well take care of the peanut butter lovers of the world without also thinking about the chocolate lovers of the world, too.  And don’t the two go hand in hand?  And if I can make an easy, healthy high-protein recipe, of course I will.  And of course you will, too.  Right?

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