Several times I have posted about cravings and how women can address them. Thanks to you, dear readers, I have learned that cravings are universal. Many of you have written to me that you crave something sweet, but even more often crave something that is salty and sweet.
I am very happy that some of the recipes I have posted previously have been useful to all of you, especially things like my alternatives to salt and vinegar chips, ways to jazz up water or ideas for greek yogurt like this or this.
However, I have given a lot of thought to what you asked for and think I may have come up with a perfect craving-buster that is easy to make and healthy.
When someone mentions sweet and salty I instantly think of peanut butter. I think peanut butter is one of the most versatile ingredients that is not only delicious on its own but also useful as a condiment or supporting ingredient in savory foods. Sweetness does not have to come from sugar–there are plenty of other options that have natural sweetness that pairs perfectly with a sweet/salty item like peanut butter.
These little bites are a perfect way to satisfy cravings for anyone who is not allergic to peanuts or any of the other ingredients. They keep well in the refrigerator or stored in a container in a cool place. Most of the ingredients are things you probably already have on hand. These can be made well in advance and stored or made and given to someone as a gift. They make the perfect hostess gift for anyone and are something the whole family will enjoy!
Peanut Butter Bites
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (not the quick cook variety)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- ½ cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy per taste)
- 1/3 cup honey (good quality honey is best, which is why I continue to endorse apiaries like the Tanis Apiary in Pompton Plains, New Jersey)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and combine.
- Chill the peanut butter mixture in the bowl for 30 minutes to one hour.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon size of the peanut butter mixture and roll into a ball. Add a little more honey or peanut butter to the mix if it’s not sticking.
- Store up to two weeks in the refrigerator or freeze.