I'm really overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and dialogue following my last post and want to say thank you to my readers. It means a great deal to me and I feel full with love from friends and even strangers from near and far. It's important to me to be able to use this blog as an avenue for exploring more difficult issues -- but I also want to be a source of lightness, and occasional inspiration. Because life is so very much both. So bear with me as I figure out the right balance.
Today- I swing to the opposite side of the spectrum, and talk about balls, and in under 500 words. Edible, quick balls. With nothing in them from my garden. I could tell you about the armful of bok choy I harvested this morning and how it'll be stir fried tonight with local Coffelt's ground lamb and my first clippings of basil in a staple sauce of fresh ginger, garlic, sweet thai chile sauce, shoyu, and a dash of fish sauce (a glorious combination taught to me by dearest friend Mandy our first year of college... she couldn't make mac'n'cheese but she could rock a stir fry). But then I'd have to wrap that into a story about college longings (and Mandy attempting that mac'n'cheese naked) and how many years I spent desperately trying NOT to get pregnant. Moving on to edible balls, with nothing in them from my garden.
I don't grow sugar (though I should with the frequency that I consume it). Nor peanuts. I've been eating peanut butter by the spoonful lately - straight from the jar. Perhaps I'm not eating enough protein but I'm hard pressed to believe that with the bounty of daily eggs. (Have I mentioned how I watch my hens' daily ovulation with wonder and jealousy?) Peanut butter is my best alternative to shoving a candy bar in my mouth. Peanut butter is comfort food, and energy food in the most elemental way for me. I'm not talking about Skippy - but pure, ground peanuts. Unadulterated except for a hint of salt. I am sincerely sorry to all those with peanut allergies for waxing on poetic about peanut butter, but I can't think of a more perfect food for an afternoon pick me up. That said, I don't think it's the most healthy strategy in the world for me to be spooning peanut butter into my gob every afternoon. So, at the inspiration of my health nut friend Lila, I resolved to make more well-rounded, healthy balls to shove into my mouth instead. Energy balls, of course. And damn are they good.
4 O'Clock Peanut Butter Balls
I have included below one variation but feel free to mix up your balls with whatever gives you pleasure. Use almond butter ! Walnuts ! Puffed rice !
Serves many (unless you're me, then less)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup almond meal or ground almonds (or any ground nut)
1/4 cup puffed anything (I used millet, you could use rice, kamut, corn)
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons organic cacao
2 tablespoons local honey (fights allergies!)
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips/carob chips (optional)
1/4 cup Unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling
water as needed
Add all of these wholesome ingredients except the coconut to a bowl and mix until it starts to come together. Add dribbles of water as needed until it does. You'll want it just pulled together enough to be able to make balls out of it. Once you're there, clean your hands and roll into balls, size of your choosing, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. It helps to have your hands ever so slight wet to prevent sticky fingers. Chill for a couple of minutes, and then roll in coconut. Eat greedily. I'm keeping what's left of mine in the freezer. Frozen balls, mmmmm.