Chocolate Oatmeal Balls
You’ve probably already seen these little chocolate oatmeal balls but if you haven’t made them yet, do it. So quick and absolutely delicious. I’m not much of a recipe developer. I’m a pretty loyal Cooks Illustrated fan. However with these, I customized a bit. My version was inspired by The Lean Green Bean and Food of Bliss.
1 1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c chopped pecans
3 tbsp shredded coconut + more for rolling
Stir together the above dry ingredients in a medium bowl
1/4 c agave nectar
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
Microwave the above wet ingredients in a small bowl at 50% power about 45-60 seconds or until semi melted. Stir together until fully melted.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the oats mixture and stir until combined. Roll into 1” balls and place on a wax-paper lined baking sheet. I rolled some in coconut for fun. Just roll the ball again in your hands after you roll in the coconut so it sticks.
I also wanted to try cake-popping some. I knew it would be a challenge to get the stick to stay put so I stuck it into the ball to make a hole, then dipped the stick in chocolate and put it back in the hole. Then I had to let them set in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before dipping. In the end, the stickless, half-dipped balls were my favorite. Just melt some chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave and dip the finished balls half way in. Let them set up on your wax-paper-lined baking sheet and then store them in a zip top bag in the fridge. My batch made 18 and they didn’t last long!
**A friend tried to make these and had a few questions so I’m updating this post with a couple tips for how I do it:
- I use a cookie scoop and smoosh it on the side of my bowl to scoop out each ball. Then I smash everything together back and forth in my hands a couple times before I attempt an actual “roll” motion.
- I use Jif creamy peanut butter
- Semisweet chocolate chips are perfect to mix with the peanut butter and agave nectar but I like milk chocolate chips to dip the finished balls
- And yes, my hands get dirty!