Looking for a healthy snack that even kids will love? These are so yummy and take zero time to prepare.  Best of all, they're a great source of protein, fiber and good fats and weigh in at only 85 calories!

BASIC RECIPE (makes 12)

1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup of any natural nut butter (I'm partial to good old peanut butter, but almond butter, cashew butter,  sunflower butter, etc. works well too)

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce

In a bowl, mix dry ingredients first and then stir in the the wet ones until well combined.  Place bowl in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes (it will make forming the balls easier)  Once the mixture is slightly chilled, use the palms of your hands to form 12 balls.

Feel free to add your favorite ingredients for more scrumptious goodness.  No sugar added raisins and dried strawberries are delicious. For more of a dessert-like treat try chocolate or carob chips  *Note that added ingredients will increase the calories so don't go crazy.

These snacks taste great chilled or at room temperature and will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator (if they last that long!)