yummy balls!

Ok, I should probably come up with a better name for these, but since I’ve probably eaten a dozen of them in the past two days, “yummy balls” really does fit.

to make:

in a saucepan, combine roughly 1/4 cup of molasses, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup natural peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of earth balance (or butter). heat up just enough that the sugar melts and you can mix everything together.
(NOTE: if you are using peanut butter that contains sugar, leave out the 1/4 cup brown sugar)

Remove from heat and add:
1 cup of Kashi 7 grain crisp cereal (or any other puffed grain cereal)
1 cup oats (not instant, but not steel cut either. the normal old fashioned kind)
1/3 cup raisins or dried cherries
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or carob chips)

Drop spoonfulls onto a silpat mat or sheets of waxed paper on a cookie sheet and let cool. Once they cool you can roll them into balls and stack them in a container to store in the fridge for about a week.

I’ve seen variations on this recipe that add chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, other kinds of dried fruit, almond butter, honey, agave syrup… basically this isn’t a “real” recipe so much as a guide to proportions for whatever you want to roll up into a ball of relatively healthy yum and eat. If they get too sticky, you can always roll them in cocoa powder or something after they cool.

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