Peanut Power Balls
Instead of a taking store-bought energy bars on your next hike, try these homemade peanut power balls. They taste great, transport beautifully without crumbling and are a lot less expensive when you make them yourself.
2 cups (500 mL) granola
1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped peanuts
1/4 cup (50 mL) each dried cranberries and raisins
1/4 cup (50 mL) wheat germ or ground flaxseed
2 tbsp (30 mL) each pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut
1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
1/2 cup (125 mL) peanut butter
In a large bowl, stir granola with peanuts, cranberries, raisins, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and coconut. In a small saucepan bring honey to boil. Boil vigorously for approximately 30 seconds then whisk in peanut butter. Add to granola mixture and stir to combine.
While mixture is warm, firmly form into 1-1/2-inch (3.5 cm) balls. Refrigerate until firm. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks. Twist balls in waxed paper for perfect portability.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Refrigeration time: 30 minutes
Per serving: 144.1 calories, 3.9 g protein, 19.7 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fibre, 51.7 mg sodium, 6.6 g total fat