I just learned this recipe for, what I will call, Power Balls. Our doula gave us this idea as a great food to bring to the hospital because in very few bites it makes you really full (and tastes delicious). Apparently good to have on hand. She calls them “birth balls.” That kinda grosses me out, so I renamed ’em Power Balls.
Anyway, I thought I would do a test run, and Jamie and I were both blown away by how delicious they were! And filling! I can have one or two of these little balls and it will fill me up full for 3 hours at least. Crazy, right? Well, I always down a small glass of milk as well.
I think they would be perfect for road trips or long flights, or to have around with kids. Just sayin.
So first, here’s what you need:
• 1/2 cup peanut or almond butter. I used almond butter from Trader Joe’s, but I think Skippy or Jif would have been stickier, making these work a little better.
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
• 3/4 cut shredded, unsweetened coconut
• 2 tsp vanilla
• pinch of sea salt
• 1-2 tsp of your favorite spices (I used pumpkin pie spice — I bet nutmeg or all spice would be awesome as well)
• 1/2 cup of other add-ins (nuts, seeds chocolate etc). I used chocolate chips and sunflower seeds
So you just dump all that in a bowl and stir it up! And then I used a melon baller and packed tight little balls, threw them in a tupperware and refrigerated them for an hour or two.
And that’s it! Voila! They are great snacks to keep for on-the-go, or they work great for breakfast as well. Again, I never have more than 1-2 because man-oh-man are they filling.
Each ball is about 260 calories (that’s without the sunflower seeds, with that they creep up to about 275).
And for your internet share for today, here is a link to a bunch of delicious smoothie recipes — I myself am intrigued by the watermelon one… yum!