Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Granola No-Bake Balls

While looking for something to bake tomorrow I found this simple recipe for peanut-butter granola balls. We have some almond butter so I decided to take a little inspiration from the Martha Stewart recipe and whip up a snack. I was winging it so I didn't measure anything out, everything is approximate but it should still work fine.

Granola No-Bake Balls

3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 heaping tablespoon of each: ground flax seeds, wheat germ, unsweetened coconut, unsalted sunflower seeds, roughly chopped almonds
2 tablespoons Earth Balance (vegan) butter
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup almond butter
just a tiny pinch of salt
1/4 scant cup dried cherries

Toast all dry ingredients on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven (better yet, the toaster oven!) at 400 degrees. Keep a close eye on them, the toasting time will vary depending on how crowded the pan is. Remove when lightly browned.

Combine butter, sweeteners, almond butter, and salt in a small sauce pan. Warm on low heat until just melted, while stirring to combine. Add dry, toasted ingredients and dried cherries slowly into liquids, stirring to check consistency. When the mixture is sticky and no liquid remains at the bottom of the pan spoon into individual paper muffin liners. Put in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to let the balls cool and set up.

I have a pantry full of things that I could throw in next time and make something a little different...chocolate chips and cherries? Pecans and blueberries?

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