PSA: You guys, Merry CHRISTMAS! It’s next week already! Per usual, tha blog will be taking a wee break over the Christmas holiday. Expecting every happiness for your Christmas bakes and bread of course, but mostly wishing you joy in Christ.
With that news out of the way, I’d like to direct your attention toward maple bacon peanut butter. I didn’t even know what to think when I saw this in a Canadian grocery store, but I knew immediately that I should buy it, even though it was, unfortunately, the stirrable, “natural” kind of peanut butter that no one should have to deal with. Give me processed peanut butter or give me death.
I say “natural” because upon tasting, I realized that the bacon included in the peanut butter was likely the bacon bits of old, the kind that don’t actually include…meat. To be fair, some bacon bits these days actually do include bacon, but I would say based on the quick Google search I just did, that your chances on any particular bag at the store are 50/50. I didn’t check the label on the peanut butter to see what type of bits these were. I’m better off not knowing.
Anyway, the product was a nice idea; there is no denying that flavor combo is a good one. I used up the last of the jar on these no-bake energy oat ball things, amping up the maple flavor with maple syrup as a sweetener. The bacon flavor was nearly lost, but I’d wager these would make an amazing dessert if you flattened them into bars and topped each with a little bit of candied bacon.
Maple Bacon Peanut Butter Balls
An LH Original
- 3/4 cups maple bacon peanut butter (or regular, natural is fine)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey, agave, etc.)
- 1 3/4 – 2 cups old fashioned or quick oats (combo is fine)
- 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 heaping tablespoon ground flax
- pinch salt
Stir the peanut butter, vanilla, syrup and salt together until well-combined. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips until a dough forms. Add more oats if necessary to make the dough roll-albe. Stir in the chocolate chips last. Form into balls and store in the fridge or freezer.