If only I had a fraction of the creativity out there on all those food blogs. It can’t be easy constantly devising original recipes, having the patience for perfect photography and putting it all together in a charmingly written post. I’ll admit I have a touch of jealousy. But I also have plenty of respect and admiration, since food blogs can be outstanding resources for ideas when you feel like making something new but your brain is drawing a blank. I have my favorite sites that I browse through for fresh perspectives but why is it that so often I end up saying to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?”
These Peanut Better Balls from Oh She Glows are a case in point. I know that peanut butter + maple syrup= pure deliciousness. What I didn’t think of was adding coconut flour to thicken that delicious combo up enough to roll into balls and dip in dark chocolate. Angela really is a genius, as are many, many others. The other day on the Food Babe’s website I saw her recipe for a Healthy Holiday Granola made with pistachios for green and goji berries, dried cherries and cranberries for the red. Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that??
Please visit Oh She Glows for her Peanut Better Balls recipe. The ingredients include: natural peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, sea salt and…. (and here is where I improvised)….she uses rice crisp cereal which I didn’t have so I used raw buckwheat groats for the crunchies. This is what they look like before dipping in chocolate:
Oh yes, believe me, they are good to eat just like that. But you will want to save some for the chocolate. For the chocolate, while she melts chocolate chips and coconut oil, I melted a dark chocolate Theo 70% cacao bar.
These balls are pretty easy to make, however there is some labor involved with all the rolling, dipping, chilling and drizzling– set aside some time and have fun with it!
I am certainly no expert in the kitchen. The things I like to make are usually very simple and that’s perfectly fine with me. While I like food to taste good, I also see it as fuel for maintaining my healthy body as long as I can. Therefore, I am not overly picky about flavors or presentation. That doesn’t mean that sometimes I don’t get into a food rut and bored with my usual fare– and this is when I go online. One thing that has worked well for me is to print out a bunch of recipes that look interesting, keep them in a binder and then give one a whirl when I need some variety in my life. I keep the ones I like (and may modify), and if it doesn’t work out it goes into the recycle bin. Put all of your ‘tried and true’ favorites together in a binder and you’ve created your own personalized cookbook.
How often do you peruse food blogs for new ideas? Which are your favorites?