i like big {oat}balls and i cannot lie!

yeah, i wrote that.  no shame.  these oat balls have me all riled up, they’re so good!  and i’m not going to advise you to dip them in melted chocolate (DO IT!) because that would transform them from a healthy breakfast / snack to dessert. but if you did, you probably wouldn’t be disappointed. recipe after the jump.

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the what: 

3 cups oats (gluten free if you’d prefer)

1/2 cup zante currants or raisins

1/4 cup toasted & salted almonds, chopped

1/4 cup chopped nuts (i used pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts)

1/4 cup agave (could probably substitute honey, if preferred)

3/4 cup of almond butter (plus a little more if needed)

the how

combine nuts, oats and currants in a large mixing bowl. add agave syrup and mix. then add almond butter, 1/4 cup at a time, and mix thoroughly.  once everything is combined, form mixture into large balls. add additional almond butter if you have any trouble with them sticking together.  give em a good squeeze to make them solid!  let sit before enjoying, (or eat straight away, it will just be a little messier). enjoy!

*  recipe makes 15 large balls  (haha!  there’s a 5th grade boy inside of me and he’s taken over for the day, it was nearly impossible for me to get through this post without giggling uncontrollably) 

4 recipes

these pretty photos caught my eye over the past week, here are four recipes i’m hungry to try. have any of you tried to make almond butter before?  i’m just a little confused as to how it doesn’t turn into almond milk (which i’m also excited about making!)

source/recipes found here (clockwise left to right): sugarandcharm scandifoodie thelittleredhouse naturallyella

date balls, get in my mouth

If the voice in your head didn’t scream THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID when you read this post title, well you must be one classy lady (or man). Now that we’ve got that out of the way, on to the date balls (hehe).  These suckers are so sweet and tasty, you may even trick yourself into thinking you’re eating some cookie ball or super dense donut. I swear, it happened to me. And to make matters better, they are so quick, easy and cheap to make that you’ll probably want to send me a thank you batch.  {please, resist- I’ve eaten too many this week already}

the what:

2 cups of dried merjool dates, de-seeded

1 tablespoon of almond butter (substitute peanut butter if you’d like)

2 tablespoons of water

shredded coconut 

the how:

slice each date in half and pull out the seeds. put dates, almond butter and water in food processor and pulse until it has become a thick, sticky paste.  wet fingers and scoop roughly one tablespoon of paste out of food processor.  form it into a little ball and roll in a plate of dried, shredded coconut. refrigerate to firm them up and then eat them as snacks, dessert or breakfast (my choice). enjoy!