When I jumped online tonight I literally had this song pop in my head:
I mean it’s been like four days since I posted….riiiiight? A week! Whuuut whuuuut!?? I usually can’t keep off this blog much less keep off thinking about food…and recipes..and techniques. These last couple of weeks though have been very very interesting. There was talk of more snow yesterday, which would have been two weeks to the day that we had “SNOW STORM 2018!!” And things were ohhhhh so messy here in Georgia. So thank goodness, no snow. Only a little cold weather, which I can handle.
My focus right now and not even really because of the New Year is breakfast items. That’s actually one of the big reasons I wanted to start a blog, was to make myself ….make, MYSELF some breakfast goods. I’m usually up way before the rooster does its cadoodling and when I’m up I want something that’ll get my metabolism rolling in the right direction, as well as complement my morning brew. I’ve actually been meaning to post on granola bites for quite some time. When I’m in a rush, I’ll usually pick one up at my local coffee house with some strong brewed coffee before I hit the gym. And the thing is (besides being delicious) is that they are SO easy to make. No bake. No muss. No fuss. You can add whatever you want and they’ll probably turn out awesome. I mean everything is coated in ooey gooey peanut butter and honey! You could throw your converse in there and it’d be delicious!
This is a pretty typical granola ball recipe with just some dried fruit thrown in and chopped almonds for texture. I also use Organic Natural Crunchy peanut butter for even more bite and grind my flax seeds in my electric coffee grinder. It takes less than ten minutes to throw this together and then you can just store them in the fridge to grab on your way out the door.
The oats provide your carbs and fiber which will keep you feeling fuller longer. The flax seeds are considered a “superfood” and besides being a good source of fiber they provide healthy Omega- 3 fatty acids (which help reduce the risk of heart disease). The raw almonds used here are full of nutrients and antioxidants as well as healthy fats. I like to used locally sourced honey in my baking and lucked out having two beekeepers as neighbors to my parents. Have fun picking the dried fruit for your pnut balls. I used raisins as well as reduced sugar cranberries (which are awesome). This is a great recipe to make with kids because they love making anything that involves getting their hands sticky (and tastes great, too)
Crispity Crunchity Peanut Butter Muuuunchity Granola Ballz:
1 cup Organic Steel Cut Oats (Gluten Free)
1/2 cup Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Almonds (or nut of your choice) roughly choppped
1/2 cup Flax seeds, ground
1/3 cup Honey
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash Sea Salt
Combine dry ingredients and stir in wet ingredients and mix thoroughly using spatula (or hands 🙂 ). You can spray the spatula with a little Pam to prevent sticking. Once combined refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes to make it easier to shape into balls. I shaped mine into about 1 1/2″ balls and usually will take two of them with me for a mid morning or afternoon snack and picker upper. I like to wrap mine individually in saran wrap and store them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
When your in a rush and need a quick pick me up what do you grab? Make these your new go to and experiment with the recipe. Do you have any morning breakfast snacks you simply cannot do without and feel like sharing?? Please, Please write me down below. I’d love to hear your recipes:)