Mark: Hey Liam, you want a powerball (granola treat)?
Liam: Sure. I’ll eat it in the vacant lot with my brother.
Mark: Hey, take one to Burke.
Liam: Okay. Oh — I’ll throw this wrapper away here so Burke doesn’t litter in the field.
Mark: Good idea.
Liam: (re-entering the kitchen after having left) Oh, I almost forgot something. (He opens the kitchen drawer and removes a book of matches.)
Mark: Whoa buddy. What’s that?
Mark: (listening with raised eyebrows)
Liam: For a fire.
Liam: Burke and I need to start a small fire in the field. Just a small one.
Mark: (shaking his head)
Liam: A really small one.
Mark: Every big fire starts out as a small one. You cannot EVER have matches without my permission, understand?
Liam: (meekly) yes.
The source of intervention and, in this instance, fire prevention: powerballs.
makes 40-48 balls prep time: 15 min
- 1 c. peanut butter (if you use natural or organic pb, use “no stir”)
- 1 c. honey*
- 3 c. old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 c. ground flaxseed
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- 1 c. any combination of nuts and soft dried fruit
Mix the peanut butter and honey together until smooth. Gradually add in the oats and flaxseed. Add the chocolate chips and fruit/nut combo. Mix gently in a stand mixer or mush together with your hands (kids prefer the latter.). Use a small spoon or a cookie-dough scoop for size, and roll them into small balls. Use paper mini-muffin cups for presentation. Layer them in an airtight container using wax-paper. Eat them immediately, or put them in the refrigerator (my favorite) or freezer to limit stickiness.
*Using a cup of honey is too sweet for my taste; I’ll definitely limit it next time. But, I’m not sure yet how that will affect the consistency.