Peanut butter and apples are seriously such a staple in this house. The go-to snack most times, and when groceries are running low those two things are the two things that are aaaalllllwaays in the house.
So when I was trying to be creative when making some “energy” balls, I was trying to think of flavors to combine that I KNEW my kids enjoyed.
Energy balls are done to death I feel, ok maybe not to death really, because I believe there will be no death to them, because I believe they are delicious, and I also believe there is really no end to the possibilities (I am also like 99% sure that I’m not the first to experiment with apples and peanut butter in making them.)
Thing is they turned out more oatmeal muffin texture once all was said and done, and I’m telling you it is the best “mistake” (if you would even call it that) that I have made in a long long time. So here we are.
PB & Apple Pie Muffin Bites
What you are going to need
- 1 apple
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cinnamon (and another 1 tsp for later)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 5 tbsp Peanut butter powder (divided into 4 tbsp + 1 tbsp)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup whole grain quick oats
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup water (divided into 1 tbsp + 3 tbsp)
So I started by cutting up my apples into smaller pieces and got them in my frying pan with my tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp of water, tbsp of cinnamon and tsp of nutmeg. I had the heat turned up to about medium and basically just cooked and stirred and cooked and stirred, until the apples were softer but not mushy. I’d say it took less then 10 minutes or so though I wasn’t really timing for you because I still kind of suck at this “creating recipes thing” sooo….
Once they got to a texture I liked I took them off the heat and let them cool slightly, then added the apples (along with any coconut oil or juices from the pan) into my blending cup, along with my peanut butter powder, vanilla, last tsp of cinnamon, and 3 tbsp of water. I then used my emulsifier to blend blend blend until smooth-ish-kinda.
In a separate bowl I added my cup of oats, chia seeds, peanut butter/apple pie mixture, and a teeeeny bit of coconut sugar. Now I did this because I decided that it needed just that little extra sweetness, but I didn’t add too much, and I would recommend you don’t as well, as this is a big reason for it tasting very muffin-ey and less dessert-ey. Also remember that apples are fairly sweet on their own.
I stirred it all up until nice and fully combined and then I formed balls! To the side I had a bowl of my last tbsp of peanut butter powder that I rolled each bite into after they were formed.
Enjoy right away for a very soft almost doughy texture, which was wonderful, or chill in the fridge. Your chia seeds are going to soak up some of the moisture in the bites and leave a more firm texture to your baby muffins…. and that is also going to be delicious.
This little batch made me about 17 muffin bites, of course you could make more or less depending on how large you would like to make them. Try rolling them in unsweetened coconut shavings, more cinnamon, a mixture of pb + cinnamon, or a mixture of aaallll of those things, whatever the case if you give these yummy guys a go please come back and let me know!!