What can you make from what already lives in your pantry? This month, the Recipe Redux is encouraging us food bloggers to cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in the refrigerator or pantry right now without going to the store to buy anything new. I actually don’t keep much on hand – there’s only two of us here at the house, I eat out a lot, and I’m incredibly aware of food waste, always trying to minimize what I may need to throw away. My refrigerator is a collection of condiments and champagne but my freezer and pantry are a bit better stocked. I decided to make Coconut Cherry Energy Oat Balls for you today! These are calorically dense and perfect for an easy snack or to take on a hike or long walk. They would be perfect for pre- or post-sports practice for kids as a whole foods source of energy. Plus they taste amazing. I took them to work and put them out on the counter and they were gone within minutes. One thing everyone says about them is that they’re not too sweet so they’re very satiating.
There are certain things that I always keep in stock, namely oatmeal ingredients. During the busy work-week, I’ll make overnight oats nearly every day. I buy rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried berries, coconut flakes, spices like cinnamon and vanilla, and honey in bulk. When you buy fruit and nuts in the bulk section of the grocery store, its a lot easier to find varieties that don’t have added sugar or salt. It can be a lot more affordable and you can get as much as you need that way. I always buy frozen fruit when it’s on sale. In Seattle in the winter, fresh berries are hard to come by but the good news is that frozen fruits and veggies maintain their nutrients and are easy to purchase and store as well. Coconut Cherry Energy Oat Balls are a combination of all my oatmeal on-hand items. I hope you enjoy them!
- 1 cup frozen whole cherries
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- In a food processor blend all the ingredients together so they are completely combined but still retain texture. Remove and shape into a ball with your hands; mixture should be sticky but easily stick and hold together. Set in a bowl and cover, letting sit in refrigerator for an hour or more. Once chilled, roll into small, bite-sized balls. Roll in coconut flakes on a plate then set on parchment paper. Store in the refrigerator.