Really, there is so much energy bouncing around in our countryside universe when the March sun shines and the deep snow packs start to shrink. My measuring stick(the bird baths, fall flower stalks and garden ornaments) tell me that we had some deep snow this past winter. This little exciting energy that I am talking about today happens inside of my house on that favorite spot where I mix up things in the big bowl.
Last fall I had a wonderful time when my young friends Eliza and Kate came to visit for the weekend. Kate brought me a gift of homemade ‘energy balls’. Don’t you love this name way more than ‘no-bake frozen blob of ingredients that are good for you’? I assured her that they tasted marvelous and she in turn assured me that I could make them myself with kitchen items I most likely have on hand. It’s a flexible recipe and Kate was right! Wanting something tasty, and not having a desirable morsel in the house, caused me to keep thinking about the little wonder balls that Kate had brought. Ok, time to start digging for the healthy ingredients and see what I can create.
Here is what went into my bowl, it is my day for self promotion. . . .as I must say, “They taste so fantastic.” Keeping them in the freezer, out of sight, is one of the best ideas about this whole energy ball craze. Maybe a little baggy of two tucked into a jacket pocket to enjoy with a friend a half hour into a spring hike? Can’t wait!
1 cup of dry oatmeal
1/2 cup of ground flaxseed (thank you to the grower of this fine flax near Golva, North Dakota)
2 Tablespoons of dark chocolate chips, or chunks cut into small pieces
1/3 cup of honey (thank you for this lovely dark Buckwheat honey from near Brandt, South Dakota – past mmmm)
1/3 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup of dried pumpkin seeds
2 Tablespoons of dried cherry chunks, cut small
1/4 cup of chopped pecans
Simple, mix everything together until blended(just your arm with a big spoon attached), roll a gob around to make a ball about 1-1/2 inches across. My recipe made 16 energy balls. Easy on your budget for sure. I doubt that I have $5.00 worth of goods dumped into the bowl and you can easily spend $2.00 on a three-bite health food bar. . . I did it on vacation. This is a story problem with a nice result, “Honey, I saved you $27 bucks today by making homemade energy balls. Woo-hoo!”
Ten minutes will make these little gems and you are set for whenever you need an energy-packed snack.
Check your cupboards. You most likely can mix up a batch right away or at least get thinking about it.
Oh, the fun of looking back through photos! The day that Eliza and Kate came to visit, with son Charlie, was one of those fine, late fall days that you want to grab onto, pull back and fight to keep forever. You know the kind; the air was clean and crisp, the joy of sharing time with happy, hopeful young people was full, and the sun filled the evening sky over the lake with heavenly colors you could gaze on as long as they lingered.
Eliza and Kate are friends at Concordia College(Moorhead, MN) Go Cobbers! Wonderful kids, wonderful times. . . .those college days!