Winning the dessert lottery
One challenge with limiting processed sugar in your diet is that you may miss a sweet treat or dessert at the end of a meal. I know I have a sweet tooth and I continually am trying to cut back on the sweets that I eat, and I’ve found that one of these powerballs is both pretty nutritious but also provides a small dessert sweetened with honey.
This recipe is so easy and one that I’ve made numerous times in the last six months. It’s certainly a kid-friendly recipe; when my nephews stayed with me this summer, they even helped make them. And, I don’t know that I’ve found an adult that doesn’t love them either.
Once again, the recipe is from 100 Days of Real Food, but I’ll include it here so you don’t have to search for it. I use different “add ins” each time I make them. We love mini chocolate chips and chopped almonds in them — that’s how I usually make them. I also have only tried rolling them in unsweetened coconut. (If you think you don’t like coconut, try unsweetened coconut on them before you make a final decision. Unsweetened seems to make a huge difference.) I’ve found several other versions of Powerballs that I’ve tried and I plan to share a few more of them in the future.
- 1 cup peanut butter (an all natural peanut butter is recommended where the only ingredient necessary is crushed peanuts)
- 1 cup honey
- 3 cups rolled oats (oatmeal)
- 1 cup of nuts or dried fruit (or whatever your heart desires)
- Crushed nuts, granola cereal or unsweetened coconut
Mix the first four ingredients together thoroughly. Form them into balls (makes about 10 – 12 depending on size) then roll them in the crushed nuts, granola cereal, or unsweetened coconut. Serve or refrigerate.