Hi there! How was your Mother's Day weekend? I hope it was fantastic.
I spent mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my little family and in-laws. I loved being in the Black Hills. I grew up in Tennessee and sometimes while living in Wyoming with all its prairie glory, a girl just starts to miss rolling hills.
We stayed in Hot Springs, SD which is just a tiny little mountain town. On Saturday we took a little trip north to see Mt. Rushmore.
And toured the Mammoth Site. It's a site where they've been working to uncover some bones from 35+ mammoths that died upon entering a sinkhole.
It was a fun weekend!
When we got home last night, my husband cooked dinner on our new grill that we got as a combined Mother's Day and early-Father's Day gift to ourselves. :)
I'm pretty much in love. We grilled almost daily in the Spring and Summer with our tiny $20 Walmart grill for the last few years so I can't wait to see how much we use this baby. It is a dual grill so one side does charcoal and the other side uses gas. Then it also has a gas burner so I can cook entire meals on it. :)
Did I mention that I really like it?
Anyhow, back when I asked y'all to do a quick survey, one of the things y'all responded that you would most like to see more of on here is snack recipes. Last week when my playgroup friends were over I used that opportunity to use them as my test-kitchen - thanks guys! The kiddos gobbled the entire batch up of these "cookies" while they were here.
In a food processor or blender, chop almonds until they're crumb-like. Then combine them in a bowl with chopped prunes, raisins, dried cherries and quick-cooking oats.
Then add in either peanut or almond butter along with 2 tbsp. honey and 1 1/2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
Yum. It'll be a bit loose and sticky at this point. To roll the "cookies," dampen your hands with water and roll the dough into 1" balls.
And roll each ball in coconut.
These are so good! I couldn't get enough of these. If I wasn't so busy chatting it up with my mommy-friends, I may have had to have a throw down with the kiddos for the last one. :)
And since there isn't a single thing "bad" in them, you can let your kiddos eat as much as they want of these and not worry when they are too full for lunch.
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal "Cookies"
Yields about 2 dozen
1 c. slivered almonds
1/2 c. quick oats
1/4 cup each of chopped prunes, raisins, and dried cherries (a total of 3/4 cup - you can mix and match the dried fruits if you want a different combination)
6 tbsp. almond or peanut butter
2 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
1 c. flaked coconut
In a food processor, blend almonds until they are crumb-like. Pour into a bowl. Add in oats. Give the dried fruit a good chop to make them into 1/4" or smaller pieces; add them to the oats and almonds. Scoop in almond/peanut butter, honey and cocoa powder. Stir to combine all ingredients.
With damp hands, roll the dough into 1" balls, pressing it gently as you go to get it to hold its shape. Roll each ball in the coconut.
Serve and enjoy!