on the table | powerballs

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?

Liam: Matches.

Mark: (listening with raised eyebrows)

Liam: For a fire.

Mark: Nope.

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.