Wednesday, October 24, 2012

No-Bake Coconut-Oat-Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bites

Okay, so I didn't know what to call these. I basically just listed all the ingredients. They are similar to those no-bake energy bites that are viral on pinterest, but they don't have flax seed or chocolate chips and they do have cocoa powder.

I attempt to make food with only the ingredients I keep stocked in the house, so I usually end up adjusting recipes after comparing two or three similar ones. I had no idea how much cocoa powder would make it chocolatey enough without overdoing it, so I compared ratios of sweetness, dry ingredients, and cocoa powder to No-bake chocolate coconut macaroons at Red and Honey. I was originally going for macaroons, but then I wanted some peanut butter and oats as well.

These are awesome and Noah had fun licking a little peanut butter and honey in the process. He excitedly said the honey was "Good!".

No-Bake Coconut-Oat-Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bites

1 cup dry oats
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut*
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter*
1/3 cup raw honey*
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the first three ingredients in medium bowl. Add the last three ingredients and mash them together against the side of the bowl. Start mashing the dry ingredients into the wet goop. Use your hands at any point and just keep squeezing it all together like play dough. Squeeze and form that lumpy play dough into balls and store in air tight container. Yields this many:

That's it! Super easy and yummy! I prefer to soak grains, but this was one of those things that just had to happen.

*Notes on ingredients:
I haven't been able to find unsweetened shredded coconut in regular supermarkets around here. I have found it in natural food stores, but I ended up buying mine in bulk online for my granola recipe. My peanut butter was unsalted organic arrowhead mills - nothing but organic dry roasted peanuts. If you use conventional PB, your bites might be slightly sweeter than mine because they add sweetener to many brands. It also might have a great salty sweet combo if you don't buy unsalted. I used raw honey which is really thick like peanut butter, so if you use liquid/filtered and pasteurized honey, you might need extra dry ingredients, or you might want to hold back some honey to see if it needs it all.

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