Sunday, January 10, 2010

Aw, nuts.

Peanut Butter Balls ready for the freezer.

Not long ago, while making my way through a tub of chocolate peanut butter ice cream, I realized that I have yet to find a brand that has the perfect chocolate to peanut butter ratio. After trying many varieties, I still lament the fact that there is never enough peanut butter! I then recalled a snack that a friend had once brought in to work, and decided to create that same snack to satiate my need for the perfect choco-nut balance: the peanut butter ball. They require minimal work to make, are little packs of protein, and are especially great for kids or the kid in you. Best of all, you can create them to cater to your own taste desires, and they are perfect to pop in your mouth when you're on the go.

In a large bowl, combine:

1 cup crunchy or smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup honey (more or less)
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips

Use the above as a base, and then add any of the following you like, in the measurement that suits your taste:

  • ground almonds
  • ground flax seed
  • wheat germ
  • powdered milk
  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • crushed corn flakes (to mix inside or to roll the balls in)
  • course salt (adds a touch of "gourmet", and great if you love that sweet/salty combo - use only a sprinkle)

    Mix all the ingredients well, and hand roll into balls. (The texture should be somewhere between crumbly and moist.) Put in a covered container lined with wax or parchment paper. Place in the freezer for at least an hour, and then eat them fast for a cold, crunchy, perfectly choco-nutty protein punch. Tastes great with milk too.
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