Happy new year!!!
Welcome to 2018, I hope it proves to be a marvellous year for us all. Apologies for the silence of late, I have barely cooked and when I have, it really hasn’t been anything to write about. I don’t seem to have been eating out that much either, mainly surviving on Deliveroo and that’s just not worth a blog post. The BF and I have sworn off Deliveroo for January though and we both have weight loss and health ambitions which should lead to much more home cooking.
Starting right now, I am prepping for my week ahead, to ensure that I don’t have any excuses for filling my body with junk. One meal which I rarely prep for is breakfast, it’s utter madness given that I simply can’t function without it, so here I am making breakfast balls.
I used to make these oaty balls of goodness a couple of years ago but they totally dropped off my radar until I was trying to work out how I’d ever get through all of my Graze box snacks. Ta-dah! Breakfast balls are perfect for that.
The idea behind these is that they are oat-based so they are filling but they’re also really cheap, easy to make and perfect for grabbing and going when you just need to get out the door on a work day.
So, what do you need?
- A couple of handfuls of oats
- A stodgy filler – I usually use ground almonds or dessicated coconut, but normal flour would be fine too
- Tasty bits – take your pick but some ideas are: dried fruit such as raisins or goji berries, seeds, chopped nuts, even chocolate drops if you need your fix!
- A dash of honey or maple syrup
- A dash of milk
How do you make them?
It’s really simple, grab a mixing bowl and chuck in all of the dry bits. I used ~3 big handfuls of oats and then enough of the tasty bits to look like a granola. (For me, this was 2 Graze box sachets.) Then add your honey (this is to taste, I add just enough to give a slight sweetness to the mix).
Now add your milk, little by little. We’re trying to create a mix that’s just wet enough for us to mould it into balls. If you add too much milk, just add more of your filler, to dry it back up again.
Pop some greaseproof paper on a baking tray and then mould your mix into balls that are a bit bigger than golf balls and place on the tray.
Cook at 180°C for ~20 minutes (until they have a golden colour) and then take them out and put them on a wire rack to cool.
I’d love to hear from you if you try making these, I’m always interested in the combinations people come up with 🙂