Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Peanut ~Better~ Balls

Don’t let the name fool you! These are my favorite holiday Peanut Butter Balls, just made a little healthier. You’ve got to make choices this holiday season, and these still have all the flavor, minus a few of the calories.

In fact, I would even go so far as to say these are….. healthy!

You know, peanut butter is a good fat, so it counts.

Just smile and be happy. And eat one.

 

P.S. I can already see how my picture taking ability has improved. I took this picture last year. It’s a little dark, and not enough natural light. Eh, progress is good.

 

So, as the holiday season is quickly appr- scratch that – the holiday season is HERE! Whether that elicits a feeling of jubilation and joy, or makes you run hiding under your bed in between dust bunnies and rolls of wrapping paper – it’s true. In fact, Walmart in Marble Falls started wrapping their lane number lights in wrapping paper – before Halloween. BEFORE HALLOWEEN PEOPLE! What is the world coming to? After I graciously step off my soapbox, I do enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings growing inside me once the holidays arrive. It’s the middle of November, it’s 80 degrees outside, and yet I’ve bought the Douglas Fir Glade air freshener, and melted my Holiday Sleigh Ride wax cubes all week.

This means it’s time to start gathering recipes, ingredients, cute little boxes and tags for those delicious holiday candy boxes. My goal is to attempt caramel this year. Homemade. Caramel. Made from scratch. I suggest you risk burning off your fingerprints and giving homemade caramel a whirl – it’s worth the risk. In the meantime, I have an easier, and somewhat heathier, recipe for you. My favorite Peanut Butter Balls growing up were the ones my grandmother and mother made. Peanut Butter, Powdered Sugar, Rice Krispies, all dipped in chocolate. MMM. My mouth is watering as I think of their crunchy, homemade goodness. But, sadly, as I approach the downward spiral of thirty, I must begin making wiser choices. (I’m giggling to myself now.) These peanut butter balls are BETTER; they consist of oats (HELLO whole grains), honey (heals the body!), peanut butter (use reduced fat, and it’s a healthy fat!), and nonfat powdered dry milk. I got this recipe from one of my top three favorite blogs, Southern Plate.

This is a great recipe to do with the kids. This makes a good number of peanut butter balls, so I make mine in a big dishpan, and let that hand mixer work overtime. Or, dishsoap standing nearby, you could let the kids mix it with their hands. ~This may be dangerous if you care at all about the sticky factor of your countertops and cabinets.~ These also freeze great! I use a melon baller or a cookie scoop to scoop them out, and freeze them in a large ziploc bag. So, add this to your arsenal of holiday goodies, feel good about it, and get them made weeks ahead of time.

Peace, Love, and Peanut Better Balls Ya’ll.

 

Are you ready for how simple these are?

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Peanut Better Balls

Yield: 100 balls

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

2 C honey or corn syrup
3 C creamy peanut butter
5 C dry milk powder
6 C quick oats

Directions:

Mix all together with a kitchen aid, a hand mixer, or little hands! (I meant kids) Form into balls with a melon baller, a cookie scoop, or your hands, and freeze!

Some people place them on trays first to harden, I just throw them right into the bag and freeze.

Store in your freezer in gallon ziploc bags.

 

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