No Bake, No Fuss Peanut Butter Oat Balls

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Last night’s forecast called for 8-10” of snow in Iowa City. We actually only got about 5, but I’ll give the meteorologists a break, odds are good they aren’t the first ones to pad their stats a few inches in a college town like this.

When preparing to get snowed in, there’s really only one way to do it: booze, food and good company. I had all three last night when Ryan and I decided to walk a block over to a local bar and order us up some Busch Latte’s and a few margaritas (and cheese curds, because duh). When we left the bar and headed back to my place it was like a scene out of one of those cheesy Hallmark movies - if they had one where the couple was sprinting through straight line winds of snow to get home and then proceeded to pop a bottle of Jameson and watch a Hitler movie. (Would highly recommend “Valkyrie” by the way, riveting performance by Tom Cruise).

I was selfishly hoping we would get so snowed in Ryan wouldn’t be able to make it to work this morning and we could snuggle together and do nothing, but I guess it’s frowned upon to just not show up to a hospital shift. So, here I am with a day to myself, a car I don’t want to even attempt to get into, a hungry stomach and a pantry full of random food.

Which brings me to the point of all this …

Peanut Butter Protein Oat Balls you can make with 4 ingredients you probably already have. No leaving the house required, which is great, considering I look like Britney Spears circa 2007 and it is COLD outside. “

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While every fiber of my being wants to bust out a box of mac ‘n cheese, I’m resisting.

New year, New ME!
— Erin Gallagher (Me)

So, I headed to Pinterest, found a few healthy recipes for oatmeal protein balls that were simple enough, then made some swaps with what I had on hand - only 4 ingredients required to make around 15 oat balls. Fellow peanut Butter addicts, rejoice!

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You will need:

  • 1-1/2 cups of oats

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter

  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips (or raisins, craisins, etc, whatever you have on hand)

  • 1/4 cup of honey (or maple syrup) to hold it all together

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Let’s Get These Balls Rollin’:

NOTE: These aren’t meant to be doughy - so they may be a little crumbly, but that’s okay! If you’re finding them hard to form into balls, add a little more honey or syrup.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir to combine.

  2. Let sit in refrigerator for half an hour

  3. Spend the next 30 minutes cleaning your nasty kitchen since you’re a disgusting human being. (Oh, just me?)

  4. Remove from refrigerator. Using a tablespoon or regular spoon, scoop out the mixture and use the palms of your hands to mold the mixture into a ball. TIP - Using the palms of your hands is much easier than your fingertips. The stickiness of your fingertips will just pull it all apart.

  5. Place back into the refrigerator for a grab and go snack or breakfast on your busy mornings!

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Happy Snow Day, Iowa friends!

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