Yikes, it’s been over a week since I posted!! Sorry about that, folks. Now, before you ask, I did not come up with the name of these delicious little goodies, that would be the work of my 12-year-old and 10-year-old sons. Quite honestly, I’m surprised that the name didn’t have Nerf, Lego, or poop in it with those two claiming naming rights!
Anyway, as I was dabbling around in the kitchen during school yesterday (that way they all 3 have easy access to me), I was trying to come up with something quick and easy to make that used minimal ingredients, was delicious, and could be thrown into a cooler as we were heading out the door (we had a swim meet last night, hello, inspiration!). So, here are the three main ingredients:
1 cup of nut butter (this batch used Sunland’s cherry vanilla peanut butter)
3/4 cup honey (raw, if you can get it)
Mix nut butter and honey in a saucepan over med heat until melted together. Be very careful during this step, as you DO NOT want the sugars in the honey to scorch on the bottom of the pan (and they will if you don’t keep an eye on the mixture!). Dump the 3 cups of oats into a large bowl and drizzle the nut butter/honey mixture over the top of them. Proceed to mixing the whole mess together (Remember how difficult it was to mix melted marshmallows and rice krispies together? This is a similar scenario.) Now, you can go ahead and form these into balls and place on wax/parchment paper to set, or you can do my favorite thing and add mix-ins! We used a handful of dark chocolate chips and a handful of unsweetened shredded coconut in this batch. After adding the mix-ins, I used a small scoop to form uniform balls and put them on parchment paper to “set”.
The boys were grabbing them off of the parchment paper about 45 minutes later. The 12-year-old packed 6 of them in his swimming cooler last night and, while the bag was empty after the meet, he only consumed 2 of them. When we arrived home, 4 more had mysteriously disappeared sometime after we left and before my husband went to work….hmmm, wonder what happened to those?? There are currently 9 left in the “snack jar” out of the 30+ that we started with yesterday afternoon, so I think we can call this kitchen experiment a SUCCESS!!!!