Sweet Potato Granola Balls

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Sweet Potato Granola Balls (Makes 15 balls)

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These balls are fun to make with your kids --- and they are a great way to introduce (or eat more) sweet potato!

 Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • ½ cups rolled oats (not instant or flavored)
  • 1 T vanilla
  • ¼ t cinnamon
  • 2 T oil
  • 1T honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (extra if you want to roll the balls in the shredded coconut afterwards)

 Instructions

1. Pierce the sweet potato several times with a fork and microwave for 5-7 minutes (depending on the size of the sweet potato). Or cook it in the oven. Once it feels soft, cut it open and let it cool. Once cool, scrape out the inside flesh and place it into a bowl.

2. Add the oats and mix well. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and combine all well. Add the oil, honey and ¼ cup of the coconut. Mix well.

3. Using your fingers or a small spoon, pull out some of the dough and roll it into a small ball. Continue with the remaining dough. You should have about 15 balls. If you want, roll each ball in extra shredded coconut.

4. Place the balls on wax paper on a plate and freeze (or refrigerate) for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

 Give each child a job, such as:

  • Scraping out the flesh of the sweet potato
  • Measuring, adding and mixing in the remaining ingredients
  • Making the balls and rolling them in the coconut

 

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