When I first saw this post about these delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls..I had to try them out. First, they have peanut butter in them. Everyone knows that one of my weaknesses is peanut butter. Wait..you didn’t know that? Oh. Well, now you do. And now you know that if you offer me peanut butter on a spoon, I’ll gobble it up. Or peanut butter on a popsicle stick, I’ll take that as my cue to make toast and spread pb all over it. The best thing for all of us would be to just put the peanut butter down, and walk away. But we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about these yummy peanut butter oatmeal balls.
I love that you can have these for a breakfast, snack, or a “I’m-trying-to-be-good-” dessert. The real test came when I offered them to my kids. Would they like them? Would they throw them at me? Answer: They LOVED them. (I can safely come out of hiding. Whew!)
Here’s the recipe in its original form. I did make a few changes (added in italics). Overall..perfection and delicious.
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons pistachios, chopped (I didn’t have any, so I used chopped peanuts)
1/4 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried blueberries, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I left this out because of the salt on the peanuts..I figured I didn’t need it. It’s up to you.)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*In a large bowl, combine all ingredients making sure to evenly distribute all the ingredients.
*Roll some of the dough between your hands, if it sticks together it is ready to go. If it feels too dry then add a bit more peanut butter or honey. If it is too wet add extra oats or flaxseed.
*Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
I really, REALLY like the dried cranberries and blueberries in this recipe. It adds a little sweetness to the peanut/oatmeal flavor. My mouth may or may not be watering just thinking about this…
For a quick, easy and super yummy treat, make these. And send me any left overs. (Did I mention I loved peanut butter?)