Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites


Who ate the cookie?  Last night we made chocolate chip cookies – 2 per person.  For some odd reason, David ate half of each of his cookies and left the other 2 halves on the cookie sheet.  The half cookies were still sitting there in the morning.  Then sometime after breakfast, only 1 cookie half remained.  But no one would admit to eating the cookie.  The Great Inquisition began.  David interrogated everyone before, during and after dinner.  No one would admit to eating the cookie.  He threatened to withhold cookies after dinner.  4 against 1 – cookies were consumed.  There are so many oddities in this story and still the unknown.

(Some) readers have suggested that I post healthier recipes.  Fine.  My parents actually sent this one to me.  The recipe comes from Dr. Jaclyn Albin, M.D., Director of the Culinary Medicine Program at UT Southwestern.  Elizabeth and I made them – three times now.  These bites are quite addictive (unless you are Andrew and don’t like peanut butter) or perhaps he’s just full from eating the cookie half. 

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats (old fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Pour the oats in a bowl and add in the peanut butter.  Pour in the honey (or syrup) and vanilla). Mix well.  Pour the chocolate chips and stir together.

Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before forming them into balls.  Using a 1 inch (or 1 tablespoon) spoon, scoop out the mixture, press down to compact, and then pop out into a storage container.  You can store in the refrigerator for up to a week or at room temperature for a few days.

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