Apparently, while both spaghetti and meatballs were invented in Italy, the combination of the two into one dish was actually an Italian-American invention.
I hadn’t realized that fact until recently. I knew that Alfredo sauce wasn’t Italian, and any pasta dish that involves chicken wasn’t invented in Italy – but spaghetti and meatballs? Surely that actually originated in Italy. Well, apparently it didn’t.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, isn’t this a breakfast blog?” Well, I’m giving that up and moving straight to main meals. Breakfast just isn’t exciting enough. So I suppose I’ll have to re-name the blog. Any ideas?
And even though I became a vegetarian when I was fourteen, I’m giving that up as well. Meatballs are delicious, and why should I care about cows and pigs and chickens anyway? I mean, they’re not like cats and dogs, right? Animals are bred for food, and the fact that someone else has determined your purpose in life is not at all unjust.
Oh, and I should mention one other thing:
Happy April Fool’s Day!
Let me assure you of three things:
- Those aren’t meatballs
- I’m still a vegetarian
- I’ll never move on from breakfast. To me, it’s exciting to the extreme!
So what is today’s recipe: Brownie batter balls! Very chocolately and completely vegan.
Of course, this still may not seem like a “breakfast” recipe. But as I’ve said before, I’m convinced that the line between breakfast and dessert is very blurry. I have memories of eating cereal with marshmallow pieces in it when I was a kid. Yeesh!
Considering these brownie batter balls contain fruit, whole grains and nuts – and, more importantly, have no butter or oil and only a small amount of maple syrup – I’ve deemed them breakfast appropriate.
But in the end, do we really care if a food is “breakfast appropriate”? Or do we really all just want to stuff our mouths with brownie batter?
And just in case anyone was wondering exactly what was in my “Spaghetti and Meatballs” photos, I’ll reveal it all now. The spaghetti actually is pasta. The sauce is mashed pumpkin, and of course the “meatballs” are my brownie batter balls. No, I did not eat this as a meal! After I took the photos, I returned the brownie batter balls to the freezer, and saved the pasta and pumpkin for dinner.
These brownie batter balls are really easy to make, and since they’re stored in the freezer, they keep really well (if you can avoid eating them too quickly!). I’ve eaten some of them for breakfast with yogurt and fruit, but just like the Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls, I imagine they’re really good with frozen banana “ice-cream”.
In case my directions aren’t clear, but this is what Step 2 looks like – it’s kind of like slightly moist breadcrumbs:
Not quite sure if the photo helps actually :/
Anyway, Happy April Fool’s Day everyone! If anyone pulled any April Fool’s pranks, you simply have to let me know – regardless of whether they were successful or not.
Fun Fact: There’s supposed to be a fire inspection in my apartment building today. Of all the days, why did they pick April 1!
- ⅔ cup + ¼ cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons PB2 (or regular peanut butter)
- Pinch of salt
- 4 medjool dates, chopped
- 1 overripe banana
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- Add the ¼ cup rolled oats, cocoa powder, PB2 and salt to a food processor or blender. Process until it becomes a flour.
- Add the chopped dates, and process until relatively smooth, with a similar consistency to breadcrumbs. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the banana very well. Add the mixture from the food processor, and mix well. Add the remaining rolled oats, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until completely combined, and then mix in the walnuts.
- Divide the dough into twelve portions – first divide it into quarters, and then divide each quarter into thirds. Use your hands to roll twelve balls. While these can be served at room temperature, they’re best when chilled in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Store any leftovers in the freezer. Enjoy!