No-Bake Oat Balls

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Healthy Holiday Munchies‘.

These tasty balls are sometimes called “oat candy.” They are good for the waistline, easy to make and pretty on the plate. They are fun to roll into balls so if you’ve got some little hands in your baking party, let them do the forming.

Ingredients

  • 2 cardamom seeds — pods removed and discarded
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 large organic apple, peeling left on (If using red apple you will have red flecks in your candy. If using green apple, there will be dabs of green — using some of each gives special holiday colour)
  • 1/4 cup honey

1) Put cardamom seeds and nutmeg into blender and whiz until fine. Empty into bowl. Put oatmeal into blender and grind into fine flour. Add to the spices. Grind nuts until fine and add to the oatmeal mixture. Grate apple and blend with honey. Mix into the oatmeal mixture.

2) Wet hands with water and form into tiny balls. Roll in icing sugar, if you wish, then put into little paper candy-cups. Refrigerate uncovered until dry, then store in airtight containers in fridge. Makes 1 to 2 dozen, depending on size.

Linda Gabris is an avid cook who enjoys sharing her grandmother’s old recipes and medicinal preparations as they were recorded in the handwritten journals passed down to her. Linda also enjoys gardening and foraging for edible wild foods. Over the years, she has taught cooking courses in Prince George, B.C., with a focus on healthy eating, food preparation, and International cuisine.

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