last weekend the family gathered together for a double celebration. my uncle was celebrating his birthday and our family was saying good bye to the land that had been in the family for over 50 years.
(in 1959 my nonno salvatore bought 5 acres of land in salisbury – a northern suburb 25 kilometres from adelaide. the land was used primarily for market gardening. in the last 20 years the land has been used to produce organic vegetables. my uncle and auntie have sold the property and will continue their organic farming business in lobethal – a town in the picturesque adelaide hills.)
a family celebration is a good excuse to make and take a plate of sweets. i decided to make peanut butter balls. this recipe is courtesy of my clean plate
4 tablespoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons peanut butter (nut free option is to use sunflower seed butter)
2 tablespoons chobani greek yoghurt *
2 teaspoons shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling)
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla essence
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey or rice malt syrup – i used honey
1) mash all the ingredients together with a spoon until well combined.
2) roll into balls and then roll into the coconut.
3) put them in the freezer to get slightly hard. store in the fridge or freezer. they will last longer in the freezer. makes 6 balls.
* can use a soy based yoghurt for a dairy free option or add extra nut butter or 1 tablepoon coconut oil
* for extra protein, add 1 tablespoon of vanilla or cookies and cream protein powder. if you do, you may need an extra teaspoon of chobani yoghurt or seed or nut butter.
* another option is to add 1 tablespoon roughly chopped dark chocolate
to feed the masses, i triple_quadrupled the recipe. well not really but suffice to say that i made the mix many times over …
my brother said the peanut butter balls were not sweet enough. i guess they were too healthy for him ;) lizzey’s chocolate peanut butter balls would be more to his liking. on the flip side, my cousin said “your peanut balls are to die for!” – nice :)
“peanut butter is the pate of childhood.” ~ florence fabricant