peanut butter-chocolate-oat bites
September 17, 2012 § 18 Comments
Friends, please meet my new favorite snack. And the best part is I don’t have to feel too bad about eating one (or two) of these little peanut butter/oat/chocolate/honey/flax/almond bites. The minute I saw them posted, I knew I needed to make them immediately, so I did; and, in the words of their creator, “OMG. I am so obsessed with this.” No, seriously, in my own words now: OMG. I am so obsessed with this.
They’re brilliant. They’re just a bunch of good, tasty stuff rolled up into little balls and they almost taste like cookies. Only there’s no flour or butter or added sugar or any of the other stuff in cookies that I love but can’t eat on a regular basis. But these? These I can have when it’s 4pm and I’m hungry and dinner is still two hours away. These I can have when I’m hungry after a workout and I want something not too heavy that I can grab and eat right away. And the best part? It only takes one to be satisfied. Even Beau, king of the anti-sweets, took a bite (though honestly, I didn’t want to share – I thought he would say no when I offered just to be polite) and liked it. That’s saying something right there.
I’d imagine these can be adapted all sorts of various ways to individual taste. This time around, I made them pretty much as the recipe stated, just slightly reducing the honey, upping the vanilla, and swapping out the mini chocolate chips for chopped dark chocolate. The original post mentions coconut, which I think would be really good. Dried fruit might also bring a nice layer of flavor and chewiness. Also, for any other almond freaks like me, I’m thinking next time I will use almond butter and add a tiny splash of almond extract; you can never go wrong with more almonds (if you ask me). But, of course, this original version is amazing as it is; there’s really no need to get too crazy. As Mark Darcy said to Bridget Jones: “I like you very much, just as you are.”
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Bites
Makes exactly fourteen (one-and-a-half tablespoon sized) bites.
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate
1/4 cup almond meal, for rolling
In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flax meal, almonds, cinnamon and salt.
Place the peanut butter in a small, microwaveable bowl. Microwave 20-25 seconds, until warm and melted. Let cool a few minutes, then add the honey and vanilla, stirring until well combined.
Add the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture and stir together until mostly combined. Add the chocolate and stir until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Place almond meal in a small bowl. Scoop peanut butter/oat mixture into 1½ tablespoon-sized balls (I used my cookie batter scoop). Roll balls between your palms to make perfect circles. Roll each ball in the almond meal and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Place baking sheet in the fridge for about an hour, until the bites have firmed up a bit, before placing in a sealed container. Store in the fridge.
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Recipe adapted, with many thanks to Jessica for producing such an awesome snack, from How Sweet It Is.