Need a foodie gift for Mom? This one’s easy enough for the kids to make with just a bit of supervision. Syrup, peanut butter, oats and Mom’s favorite mix-ins. Guiltless. High protein.
And knowing Mom, she’ll probably share.
Cane Syrup Energy Balls
4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup Steen’s Cane Syrup
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts
1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
In a food processor or blender, process the oats into a coarse oat flour. In a 2 qt bowl, add syrup and peanut butter. Microwave for 20 seconds. Remove and stir briskly to blend. Add oats and mix-ins and combine the dough with a fork. If adding chocolate chips, allow dough to cool before adding. With buttered palms, form balls with your hands, clenching firmly into ping pong (24) or golf ball (18) size. Place in a tin with waxed paper between layers. Yields 18-24 balls.
These treats pictures here were made with crunchy peanut butter, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, Craisins and almonds. Other healthy mix-ins can be flax seeds, sunflowers seeds, pecans, carob chips, flaked coconut and other finely chopped dried fruits.