These little peanut butter oat balls are absolutely delicious. Not only are they easy and quick, but they are also extremely moreish. You just throw it all in a bowl, mix it, roll it into balls and refrigerate them. DONE! I was thinking of a recipe to prepare that Jerome and I could take to uni as a little snack. I wanted something filling that was sweet but not too naughty. I came up with this idea truthfully because they were the only ingredients I had in the pantry at that point in time. I really needed to go grocery shopping. However, the ingredients are cheap and very accessible. You will most likely always have these items in your kitchen. As a little add-on, I melted some dark chocolate and used a piping bag to pipe little love hearts on for Jerome. I thought it would be a cute and romantic... he loved them! He ate so many of them and said that they remind him of vegan 'Jupiter Bars'... not sure what they are. Anyway, we both loved these and will definitely make them again as a yummy lunchbox snack. I hope you try these and love them as much as we do :)
makes 12 balls
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup quick oats*
1 teaspoon cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon maple syrup
melted dark chocolate for garnishing (optional)
- In a large bowl, add the peanut butter, oats, cacao, vanilla, coconut and maple syrup.
- Use a spoon to mix it together until combined.
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into about 12 balls. I used 2-teaspoon portions. Squeeze the mixture first to make it stick together and then roll into a perfect and smooth ball. If the ball is not sticking together properly, add a little bit more maple syrup to bind it together.
- Sit the balls on a tray or plate and press down slightly to make sure the balls stay in place.
- Pipe melted chocolate decorations such as the hearts shown above on to the tops of the balls.
- Refrigerate the balls for 1 to 2 hours until completely set and the chocolate has hardened.
- Serve immediately or keep refrigerated until needed.
- *Quick oats are rolled oats but chopped smaller which allows for quicker cooking. I like them better in these balls as they are easier to eat and aren't as thick and rough. If you only have rolled oats, pulse them a couple of times in the processor to make them a bit more fine.
- If you do not want to use maple syrup, feel free to use any other syrupy sweeteners such as agave syrup or brown rice syrup etc...
- If you don't have cacao, you could always add cocoa powder but it wont add the same delicious taste.
The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline and does not include the "optional" ingredients.