This is my first recipe from my new kitchen. It seems an oddly significant moment! With few utensils or appliances, it was never going to be a complicated recipe. These no-bake, bite-sized balls seem a fitting extension of my love of raw fruit and nut truffles, but this time with oats as a star player and no food processor required.
Our online food order arrived during the week, which means our kitchen cupboards are full rather than bare. I now have three nut butters (peanut, hazelnut and almond), and lots of other things besides. I still don't have a flour selection happening, but I do at least have spices.
These oat bites have just five ingredients, and the active preparation time is under 15 minutes. You do need to allow time for the mix to set in the fridge, but if you're really impatient, the unset mixture tastes pretty good too.
No bake cinnamon peanut butter oat bites
Makes approximately 16 balls
Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts
1 cup oats
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup rice malt syrup (other liquid sweetener may work, but the stickiness of rice syrup helps with binding these together; honey would be a non-vegan alternative)
1 to 2 tsp cinnamon, to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Transfer to a shallow baking dish and press into the bottom. The mix will seem quite soft at this stage.
Allow to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. When firm, use a spoon to scoop out a tablespoon of mixture. Shape into a ball with your hands and transfer to a plate. Repeat for the remaining mix.
Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
I am sure a chocolate twist would work well here too!
What have you made in the kitchen this weekend?