Sunday, October 15, 2006

oaracopuwape balls

Pronounced "Oar-ah-cop-uh-wah-pee". It will take a few practice runs verbalizing it, but you'll soon have it memorized! I created this recipe the other day, wanting to give my kids a fun, new, healthy snack. The name is comprised of the first two letters of each of the ingredients. My kids love silly words like this, and it instantly became both a favorite snack and favorite word to say!

I won't lie to you...this recipe takes some hand muscle and patience to pack together into balls that are firm enough not to fall apart. To make it easier on yourself, you can probably just add some more peanut butter or drizzle in some pure maple syrup. If you do, and find that after chilling them, they're still sticky, you can always roll them in some ground nuts, coconut or cocoa powder. I prefer snack balls that don't leave the kids' hands sticky, so I always make these following the recipe below.

Oaracopuwape Balls

1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup coconut (unsweetened), shredded
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup walnuts
6 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

Combine the oats and coconut in a bowl. In a food processor, grind the raisins, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and peanut butter until it forms a cohesive sticky mass. Then you can either throw the oats and coconut in the food processor and blend with the sticky mass or just combine in the bowl with your hands. The mixture will be similar to breadcrumbs.

Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. (Don't skip this step! If you serve them right away, they will crumble apart when bitten into. They need to firm up a bit in the fridge.)

Makes approx. 24 (1-inch) balls.



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