Sunday, January 6, 2019

H A L F  B A K E D
N U T  + O A T  B A L L S


You know what is underrated? OATMEAL. After being pregnant and having my baby I found myself eating more oatmeal in my life now than ever before. I loved making overnight oats in the summer but since it's officially cold & wintery here I've been eating it warm.

Oatmeal is the epitome of healthy. I have been feeding my baby oatmeal as her first solid foods & you have to wonder! If it is the first thing introduced to babies it has to be full of goodness. It has tons of antioxidants, lots of fiber, is a good source of carbs, protein/ fats, can help lower cholesterol levels, and the list goes on. Oatmeal also helps with milk production- which was why I started making these little balls! 

These oat balls can be found all over Pinterest. The basic foundation you need: oats, some honey & some kind of nut butter. If you don't like almond butter try all peanut butter. I like the way both taste in these. I also add all the extra stuff in it because I like crunch, variety & more ways of sneaking in the healthy stuff.

I hope you try these out! Let me know if you do :)

Ingredients:
3 cups dry oats
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup almond butter 
lots of honey!
(optional)
hemp hearts
chia seeds
sprouted buckwheat + millet
ground flaxseed
vanilla extract




Directions:
  1. Toast half the oats with coconut oil (OPTIONAL!) Usually 375° for 10 minutes is enough to brown them a bit. Plus, it makes the kitchen smell incredible like you're baking up goodies.

  2. Add everything to a big mixing bowl and mix. Add what you like!


  3. Roll into little balls- this is the fun/ annoying part. Start with clean hands! If they crumble and don’t stick add more honey or nut butter. You really have to squeeze them together to get them into balls! I use a spoon and press a bunch into my palm, then continue to add & pack more. When your hands are too sticky just rinse and start with clean hands again to make it easier to roll into balls.
  4. Cover and stick them in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill.
  5. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks (if they last!)

Notes:
I like the taste of it half toasted. You can do it all untoasted (hello, way easier). Also, try old fashion or steel cut oats! The quick cooking kind are small & crumbly but you can def use it too.
You can add coconut flakes, dried cranberries, raisins, m&ms, pistachios, dates, chocolate chips, white chocolate chunks, protein powders, pretty much whatever you want. Dip them in chocolate if you want! Or even add CBD oil in it?! The possibilities are endless.

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