I have a lot of thoughts, ideas, and general wonderings floating around my head these days that, sometimes, when I come here to share a recipe and a story all the thoughts bottleneck somewhere between my mind and my hands on the keyboard. When words can’t make it to the page I want to stamp my feet and crumple up the page, but I can’t because it’s not actually paper and I can’t crumple up my computer screen. So, I eat something sweet instead and wait for the bottleneck to clear and start again.
And these days the something I reach for are salty-sweet oatmeal bites, otherwise known as little round wholesome bites adorned with dark chocolate. Since making them I’ve discovered their powers cure more than writer’s block. They’re handy for all sorts of occasions like when mid-morning hangriness rears it’s ugly head, or for a late afternoon is-this-day-ever-going to-end slump, or a late-night sugar craving. And, as your faithful tester, I can attest they work in all these situations. They’re a bite-sized pick-me-up that knows no boundaries.
I’ve seen a lot of things called “energy bites” floating around the internet and my version is sort of like those except with simple ingredients. No chia seeds, or flaxseed, or coconut oil, or whatever else is trending in the super food world these days. I looked to the past for my inspiration and reached back to a time when a batch of no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies in the fridge was like winning the after-school snack lottery. Remember those? My salty sweet oatmeal bites, made with oatmeal, pretzels, coconut, and peanut butter, are a tip of the hat to those classic no-bake cookies.
(Side note: It just so happens that I wrote a post about those childhood favorites, but, man oh man, that post is old. It has black & white photos (?!) and, for some reason, I didn’t write out the recipe (??!!) ).
Yields approximately 24 balls
These oatmeal bites are addictive and you might find all sorts of reasons to pass by the fridge throughout the day just so you can reach in and grab one of them. For that reason, you may want to freeze half of them so they don’t all disappear the first day.
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