I've said it before, but because this is technically a recipe post, it bears repeating:
I don't cook.
But I did stumble upon the following recipe, and, unbelievably, I've tweaked it and made it my own.
And I have since made this more times than I can count.
And everyone in this house loves it!
I'm pretty proud of this.
I call them Breakfast Balls. And they have changed the way my kids and I eat breakfast.
A few of these balls, some scrambled egg whites, a shot of aloe vera juice, and black coffee will often serve as my own breakfast.
But I also use this recipe as a breakfast supplement, of sorts, for my kids: By the time I get both Kennedy (19 months) and Scotty (3½) up and dressed, they are often ravenous by the time I start to make breakfast, so I give them a few of these balls to munch on while I'm making their waffles or hash browns. Scotty also likes to eat a ball or two on the way to school, and Kennedy uses them as a mid-morning snack after breakfast.
Follow this recipe verbatim, or insert the ingredients that your own family likes.
I promise, you CANNOT screw this up:
1½ cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup flax seed meal
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup (or a full cup if you really like them) chopped nuts; we prefer macadamia or cashew
Combine all ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. The mixture will become very thick (very quickly), which will make it quite easy to form into small balls (approximately 1 to 1½ tablespoon-sized.) I like to then place the balls in a round glass container in layers separated by wax paper. Lastly, I stick a plastic Tupperware-type lid on the container and then store it in the fridge.
Some tips to make this recipe even cheaper and easier:
*Spray a little non-stick spray in the measuring cups before measuring the honey and peanut butter: it'll make the ingredients slide out of the cup, and make cleaning up easier.
*Flax seed is all the rage now, and is still quite expensive despite it's new-found popularity and accessibility. Beware that the brands of flax seed meal sold in the health-conscious area of grocery stores generally always cost more. Instead, see if the baking aisle of your grocery store carries flax seed meal -- and they all generally do -- and it'll cost dollars less! The brands of flax seed meal in the baking aisle are THE EXACT SAME as the kinds sold in the health food aisle. Just make sure that it is ground, and you'll be good to go.
This recipe yields approximately 20 balls, takes roughly five minutes to throw together, and involves zero cook time.
Here's what they look like when finished:
You will love this.