February 7, 2013

Peanut Balls

A friend of mine switched to eating 100% plants last Summer, and she inspires me on a weekly basis. She took a very laid back approach to the change, creating meals without rules or recipes, and each taste was packed with flavor. One particular recipe has made its rounds (pun!) in her kitchen, and finally made it to mine.

She first gave me a taste at work, and I was taken back by their delightful flavor and crunchiness. After I had our Santi boy and was on maternity leave, she came over with dinner prepared (sautéed spinach with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and walnuts, peppery tomato sauce loaded with vegetables atop pasta, simple baked -or steamed?- squash with Italian seasoning) and handed me a small bag packed with these peanut treats. They lived in our freezer and were pure GOLD during those very early mornings between breastfeeding and diaper changes, when my body went into overdrive trying to produce enough milk for newborn Santi. I was always hungry around 5-7am, and happy as a child as I enjoyed my daily sweet n' sticky round snack.

She uses salted peanut butter, which makes them a true delight and fabulous. If you don't have salted nut butters on hand,  feel free to omit the salt all together- no big deal! The peanuts, almonds, dried fruit and seeds creates a great snack that is very versatile in that you can add and subtract ingredients based on whatever is in your kitchen.

Here is what I came up with when I tackled a similar recipe! Take note, I used a lot of prunes which definitely made the flavor less peanut-y and more prune-y. The great surprise is that they ended up tasting (in my opinion) like a peanut butter and some-sort-of-tart-berry sandwich, which I loved! Reminds me of childhood, in a not-quite-like-peanut-butter-and-jam-sandwich-loaded-with-Doritos kind of way, but almost!

Peanut Balls
Makes 20 or so

1 - 1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 c prunes
1/2 c water
1/4 cup almond butter
1/3 c oats
1/4 c sprouted buckwheat

Throw the prunes in a food processor with the water. Blend until a paste forms, plop that paste in a bowl. Add the rest if the ingredients. Mix, mix, mix until everything is well incorporated. With your hands, roll a chunk of dough into a golf-ball sized fella. If things are getting too sticky on your hands, give then a wash and continue onward - I found that the cleaner and dryer my hands were, the easier it was to roll the dough. Store on a dish lined with parchment paper in your freezer, in one layer. Some of them were touching each other in the freezer and I found they didn't stick together - yay for easy snackage!

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) ~ when I read this verse, I'm not usually stopped in my tracks, completely amazed and in awe. I just think, yeah - God made us, I'm sure of it, I've been told this before and I believe it to be truth. Yet recently I read it and I felt changed by what it is saying, reminding us of God's workmanship. He formed us with His hands, man and women, in HIS image. We are incapable of imagining how the Creator of this world, Lord of all lords and King above all kings, looks physically - can you picture yourself, standing before Him, whether you're a believer or not, and beholding the might of His presence? I can't, I cannot fathom how great He must be if I was kneeling at His Holy feet. Yet, this verse gives us a hint... He created us in His image, we are like HE is. Isn't that incredible? We look like Him! This verse now leaves me in awe like it hadn't before. My prayer is that it does the same for you. God created us in His image. He is magnificent.

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