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Sometimes I feel like all I do is shuttle my kids from one place to the next. We spend a lot of time in the car on the go. They also eat a lot of snacks in my car and some of them aren't the best choices. I have been trying to be better about this and so when Peter Pan® came out with their Simply Ground™ Peanut Butter, which has a smooth yet crunchy texture and it doesn't include any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives... I knew I had to try it in my peanut butter oatmeal ball recipe!
It also seems if something is packaged nicely, you want to eat it even more... that is why I am sharing these peanut butter oatmeal balls in burlap wrapped mason jars! What a treat!
Peter Pan® recently came out with their Simply Ground™ peanut butter in plain and in honey roast. I decided to use the honey roast peanut butter in my peanut butter balls, to give them a richer flavor. This peanut butter is creamy with a bit of crunch, which my family loves! Also, the wide mouth jar is PERFECT for recipes, because you can place your measuring cup into the jar and scoop out the peanut butter easily!
Are you ready to learn how I made these delicious peanut butter oatmeal balls and how I packaged them up? Well, read on...
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls Recipe
First, you'll want to go shopping! I found Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ peanut butter at my local Wamart store on the top shelf of their Peanut Butter aisle.
You'll want to lay out your pre-measured ingredients. Aren't these owl measuring cups adorable? Anyway... you'll see that I have oatmeal, ground flaxseed meal (Bob's Red Mill- check the gluten free section of your grocer), mini chocolate chips (the regular sized ones will work ok, too) and toasted coconut. You'll also need peanut butter, vanilla and honey.
If you don't feel like turning your oven on, you can toast the coconut in the microwave in 30 minute increments. Just spread the coconut onto a microwave-safe container and stir a little after each time you've toasted it for 30 minutes. It'll slowly start to toast... just be patient.
First you will start with your Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ peanut butter. In this photo, you can see the creamy and crunchy texture. Simply place 1/2 cup of it in the bottom of a large bowl.
Then add 1/3 cup of honey on top of that.
Then add a splash (1 teaspoon) of vanilla.
Add all of the dry ingredients and mix well. Then you'll want to place the bowl in the freezer for a good 20 minutes so that the ingredients aren't 'sticky' when its time to roll them into balls.
Rolling them into 1" balls was my favorite part of the recipe! I did eat 1 or 2 while rolling them... oops!
I lined up the balls on a casserole dish while rolling them...
So, you have your peanut butter oatmeal balls, now it is time to make them look presentable in some adorable burlap mason jars!
Here is the recipe:
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
1/2 cup Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ Peanut Butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup coconut, toasted and cooled
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
6 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
1. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
2. Add dry ingredients and stir.
3. Transfer mixture to a freezer for 20 minutes
4. Remove from freezer and shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator.
Burlap Wrapped Mason Jars - DIY
Are you ready to learn how I made these burlap wrapped mason jars?
You'll want to use a regular mason jar, or you can get one with a handle which may work better when you are on the go. These mason jars were given to me by my mom and they came with the cute gingham red lids. Fill the jars with the peanut butter oatmeal balls, so that they reach the top of the jar.
Take a piece of burlap (Hobby Lobby sells it by the roll) and screw the lid to the mason jar on top of it. You now have a fancy burlap liner for your jar.
You don't have to do this, but I made some tags for the jars with a burlap background.
Then, I took some white yarn and I tied the tags onto the mason jars just below the lid. I also had some mini burlap bows I had made at another time and I added those on top of the jars, too. So easy and quick and when I gave these to the kids to munch on after school, they were quite excited!
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