Peanut Butter Flax Oat Energy BallsPosted: October 20, 2012
Hello dear readers! My apologies for going off the grid for a few weeks. I have been super sick with continuous colds since school has started, and between that and having school ramp it up a few notches, I just haven’t had the time to post. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you! I have a nice stock pile of recipes that I plan on posting once I have time.
This week’s post came inspired from pinterest. Yes, I admit it, I have used a recipe or two from pinterest and they have turned out pretty rad. Take these little bites of awesome, for instance. They take 5 simple ingredients (I am not kidding you, that is it!), and they taste AMAZING! I served them as samples at the market this past weekend, and decided that this recipe needs to be shared. Here it is!
I’ve made these twice since I last posted, so I though I’d combine the posting. On the first attempt, I didn’t have any peanut butter lying around the house, but I did have some tasty delicious peanuts, and healthy Mighty Trio oil, so I decided to branch out and make my own peanut butter.
Because I only had skin-on Spanish peanuts, I had to pick off the skins. It wasn’t too bad. I shook them in a strainer and most of the skins came off!
Into the food processor they all went, with a little bit of oil.
This was the result: really creamy, delicious peanut butter. It was not too sweet, and honestly, I liked it better this way. The flavour allowed for you to focus on the nut taste, rather than the conventional thick additive taste that you get with traditional peanut butter. It was delicious!
I mixed in the flax, oats, honey and chocolate chips to the peanut butter and let it cool so that it would be easier to roll into balls.
Here they are! These little beauties lasted less than a day in our house. They were honestly delicious, so easy to make, and soooooo good for you!
Another shot of the all naturals.
When I made them a second time, I used conventional ingredients, and they were a hit all the same! I would make them slightly less sweet, when I do it again, but these turned out really great too!
Jacquie’s Awesome Peanut Butter Flax Oat Energy Balls (Courtesy of Gimmie Some Oven)
For the homemade peanut butter, you will need:
2 cups of raw skin-off shelled peanuts
2 tbsp oil (preferably peanut oil, but any oil will do, really!)
2 tablespoons of honey
Combine peanuts and oil in the food processor until coarse. Pause, add oil. Process again. When almost entirely smooth, pause again and add honey, process again to combine. There is a good tutorial online here. Enjoy on toast, or transfer to a bowl to add to your peanut butter flax oat energy balls.
For the energy balls, you will need:
1 cup quick oats (From Gold Forest Grains)
1 cup whole golden flax seed (From Gold Forest Grains)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Heat the peanut butter and honey in microwave for 10 seconds (it’s easier to stir that way!). Add to dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Refrigerate for at least a half hour (up to 2 hrs). Roll into balls. Keep in an airtight container on the counter for a week (if they last that long), or store in the freezer for several months (again if they last that long!) Enjoy, a LOT!