I’m a fall person. I love the colorful leaves, I love how much better a cup of tea tastes when the air is crisp outside, and I love the flavors that are so prevalent during the fall. Butternut squash and pumpkin, maple, apple, cinnamon, roasted root veggies—they’re my jam. It’s all cozy and warm. Fall is like a hug, if you ask me.
A few Sundays ago, on the first morning that felt really fall-esque (think chilly getting out from under the covers, put on a chunky pair of socks), I made the most delicious bowl of maple oatmeal with sunflower butter and sautéed cinnamon apples. It was exactly what I wanted. I tend to get extremely excited in the presence of really good food, too. To give you a better picture of this morning, I was more or less happy dancing around my kitchen, wishing I could take a warm bath in this bowl of oatmeal. (Side note, as ridiculous as that sounds, wouldn’t it be really good for your skin?!)
As much as I wish it would, every day does not have as much of the luxury of time as a Sunday does. And with midterms and other projects piling up recently, few days feel like they have the luxury of time. Usually my response to that feeling is to find a way to slow down, but for times when that just isn’t as possible as I’d like, I found a different solution. Recreate the warm, maple, cinnamon taste of that slow Sunday morning bowl of oats in a form that I can snack on on-the-go.
Enter, the Maple Figgy Oat Ball. Toasted oats are sweetened with maple syrup, because, well, yum. Ground flaxseed, sunflower butter, and unsweetened coconuts add some filling healthy fats. Cinnamon, fig, and ginger make them extra flavorful. Another way to look at this would be, Willa put all her favorite things in a food processor and hoped for the best. Not entirely false.
I’m still fairly new to this whole “creating my own recipes” thing, so when I had my first bite of these, I practically woke my roommate up to make her try them. I decided against that, but have been snacking on these at every possible opportunity since. They make a hell of a fall snack.
Maple Figgy Oat Balls