I crave sweet things, particularly chocolate. But it isn’t a good idea to overload my system with sugar since that stuff wreaks havoc with the immune system, and my immune system is already overloaded . . . .
So I experimented with a new treat tonight that even I could devour in good conscience. Dare I even call it healthy? I do. (It’s okay if you disagree, but don’t feel obligated to share your opinion.)
Peanut Butter Balls (the original recipe)
-1 cup peanut butter
-6 T. milk powder
-sweetener to taste (sugar, honey, agave nectar, whatever)
-your choice of: chocolate chips, seeds, nuts, coconut, whatever
Mix and roll into balls. Scarf down right away.
I couldn’t make the original recipe because I lacked milk powder, but I did have several pounds of flax seed. So I tinkered with it and came up with:
Almond Butter Balls (Tina’s version)
-1/2 jar almond butter
-6 T. ground flax
-unsweetened coconut flakes
-dark chocolate chips ( I was not generous with these, each ball had only 1 or 2 chips)
Mix together and form balls. Show the 4-year-old how to make balls. Snitch small (okay, maybe large) bites when 4-year-old isn’t paying attention. Announce that as soon as children are done with all after-dinner chores, there will be a movie and almond butter balls. Snitch 3 more balls and hide in the pantry to eat while kids do their chores.
When it is time to serve, divide portions evenly, conveniently forgetting that you have already eaten your portion on the sly in a dark pantry.
You don’t have to do it exactly the way I did it, of course. Some of you may not have pantries, but a dark bathroom would work just as well.
The recipe is flexible, but those little balls are very filling. The above amount satisfied 6 of us.