Hello Friday! It can never come soon enough. Even though I’m working Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it’s nice to not have to go to class, and since midterms are still somewhat off in the distance, I can procrastinate! Who could ask for anything more? This semester is actually pretty light compared to previous semesters, but maybe it just feels that way because I usually take most of my classes online, and this semester half are actually on campus and half are online. I just hate the commute to school! But this semester I had no choice but to go to campus five days a week, so that leaves me some time in between classes and work to do homework, whereas if I were taking more classes online, I would be home more often, leading to a dangerous combination of television + internet = no homework getting done, ever. Everything has its pros and cons, I suppose.
I wanted to make something to bring into work a few weeks ago, but I only had about an hour of free time before I had to leave, so I decided to find a no-bake recipe somewhere. I discovered these no bake peanut butter oatmeal balls, and I must say, I was quite impressed. They make look a bit dull because of their color, but let me tell you, they’re delicious! They have a great texture due to the use of chewy, raw oats and crunchy, creamy peanut butter. I brought these into work for the people who were staying late to do inventory because I thought they’d be a good energy boost, and believe me, they are, especially because the cocoa powder and peanut butter combination is unbeatable. The best part is that they’re small so you don’t feel sick from gorging yourself on a big dessert, but you can pop them in your mouth whenever you feel like a small treat. If you’re in need of a quick recipe, this is definitely going to be it!
Combine the oats, sugar, and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Mix in the water, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter with your hands.
Roll into balls (I got about 25 1-2 inch balls).
Roll the balls around in powdered sugar until well coated.
Place on a large baking sheet and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
- 2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 3-4 tablespoons peanut butter (I used crunchy, but creamy is also fine)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar and cocoa. With clean hands, mix in the water, vanilla, butter and peanut butter to form a dough.
- Wash your hands, then roll the dough into balls 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls in powdered sugar until thickly coated.
- Chill on a baking sheet in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.