These are a take-off of my original energy balls. I wanted to mix these goodies up and try some cookie butter (from Trader Joe’s) in there to see how they turned out. They are fabulous! A bit of a different flavor but oh-so-good! You can tweak these however you prefer. I omit chocolate chips and add butterscotch for my husband who is allergic to chocolate. White chocolate chips would also be perfect!
These will make a great snack or a fast breakfast! Pack them in your kids lunch for a yummy surprise!
1 c of old-fashioned oats
1 c of toasted coconut flakes
1/2 c of chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)
1/2 c of Cookie Butter (Speculoos) (regular peanut butter or nut butter can also be used)
1/2 c of wheat bran
1 tbl of chia seeds
1/3 c + 1 /4 tsp of honey (I used raw)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
Mix it all together in a bowl and then refrigerate for 45 minutes. Remove and make into balls. I used a small scooper (1-1.5 inch) to press it in and then eject it. Rolled it with my hands to get a ball shape all around and then place in a airtight container to refrigerate. Will last 5-7 days but most likely they will be long gone before that!
We harvested a lot of heirloom tomatoes today from our garden. Nothing beats the flavor of a home-grown tomato. I thought I would make a lovely salad to go along with my pork that would be a fun take-off of a BLT. Prosciutto replaces the traditional bacon. The lettuce has been replaced with fresh basil. And the tomatoes are the star of the salad.
First, you want to put a sauté pan over a medium flame. I add about a teaspoon of olive oil and once hot, add about 1/4 lb of prosciutto (thinly sliced). Watch it closely because it will cook quickly. Flip and keep rotating to avoid burning. When nicely cooked and crispy, remove and place on a paper towel/plate to drain. When cooled, crumble for the salad.
In a small pan, heat 1/2 cup of a good quality balsamic over medium heat. Stirring occasionally. This will reduce within 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Slice your tomatoes and place on a large platter. Top with basil leaves. Then add the pancetta and drizzle with the balsamic. Serve at room temperature. Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper.
I was craving a big salad. I have laugh, I feel like Elaine on Seinfeld. So I made a huge salad topped with some organic grilled chicken and I needed a great vinaigrette. I luckily scored some fresh Meyer Lemons and thought it would be perfection. I was right, it was really good and really simple. Can’t go wrong! This is so good, I could possibly eat it straight! Ha ha. I normally don’t use a lot of dressing but admittedly, got a bit heavy-handed with this one. I hope you give this one a try.
2 Meyer Lemons (zest from one) juice from both
1- 1.5 tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoons of champagne vinegar
1/2 cup of good olive oil
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients and shake well. Enjoy!