I hope you guys have had a lovely week! Gus and I are enjoying cozy oatmeal on the couch. Mr. Birch and his BFFs, soccer lovely and Gertie the Goose, say hi!
Mazen’s latest Kiwi Crate came with a recipe for energy balls, so we decided to make those together one afternoon. I used the base recipe, but I subbed in some butterscotch chips for half of the chocolate chips, added chia seeds, and mixed in optional chopped almonds. I also decided that I don’t really like eating “balls.” They tend to crumble when you bite them, so I changed the recipe to “bites” instead – little squares! We also thought the squares looked a little plain, so I heated up some coconut butter and made a frosting. They turned out SO well!
Here’s the ingredient list:
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
- Coconut butter for “frosting”
I ended up mashing the ball batter into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap and then used the freezer to harden the coconut butter before cutting into squares.
YUM YUM. The butterscotch chips, peanut butter flavor, and crunchy almond pieces make these so good.
When we weren’t cooking, we were playing with the neighbors. I always tell Thomas that if we build a house it has to be in a neighborhood and this is why!
Other KERF meals this week: smoothie + PB toast.
A take-away salad from Cava.
A kale salad with roasted veggies plus a yogurt.
We had Plenty chicken picata with noodles and veggies for dinner one night.
Which made for excellent leftovers for lunch the next day mixed with orzo and herbs.
Another night was leftover salmon with roasted veggies (can you tell I’m all about roasted veggies and kale salads this time of year?!) with mac and cheese (more on this soon!)
Finally, I attempted to cook chopped sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot. I say “attempted” because they didn’t quite cook well enough. I did pressure cook for 15 minutes thinking since they were bite-size that they didn’t need as long, but I should have done 20. I ended up just roasting them in the oven for an extra 10 minutes to finish cooking them the next day. You win some and you lose some. I can’t wait to tell you about a big IP win next week!