Monday, April 22, 2013

energy bites

Have you seen these floating around the internet?
After seeing them ev.ery.where., I decided to try them.
And I was not disappointed.

I make them at least once a week and we munch them all the time.
Takes less than 10 minutes to whip up and you are good to go.

And the variations are endless!
Peanut butter with chocolate chips.
Almond butter with flax seeds.
Sunflower seed butter with white chocolate chunks.
Hazelnut butter with dried fruit.
Add almond extract!
Add cinnamon or nutmeg!
Add candied ginger!
Add cashews!
Below is my favorite version.

Energy Bites
Adapted from several sources online.
Makes about 16 little balls.
1/2 cup reduced fat, chunky, peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup UNsweetened coconut (you can use sweetened but we are going for healthy here...)
2-4 tablespoons whole flax seeds
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2-2 teaspoons vanilla

In a medium, microwave proof bowl, combine peanut butter and honey and zap for 15 seconds, until melty and stirrable.  Stir until smooth.  Add the rest of ingredients and mix mix mix!
Now, you can eat straight from the bowl with a spoon (I do) or refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes, and then roll into balls.
These are freezable but I recommend keeping in the fridge and eating one (or two...) at a time when you need a pick-me-up!  Enjoy!

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