03 May In the Kitchen: Snack Size Energy Bites
Ted and I were in NYC the other weekend and we stumbled upon a juice bar after one of our workouts. Right at check-out we saw these snack size energy balls staring at us so of course we bought a few and they were gone with-in minutes. These snack size energy bites are a perfect substitute for bars that you may snack on during the day because all the ingredients are clean and provide an excellent source of nutrition. You can keep them refrigerated overnight, but they are fine to take to work and eat at room temperature.
1 c old fashioned oats
2/3 c shredded coconut (optional to toast)
1/2 c ground flax seed
1/2 c 65% cacao chocolate chips
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 c honey
1 c fresh ground peanut butter
1/4 tsp extract (vanilla or almond)
Combine all the dry ingredients into a medium size mixing bowl (oats, coconut, chia, flax, and chocolate chips). Then add the honey, peanut butter and extract. Mix all ingredients well and then pop it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes so that it will harden slightly. This will help make it easier to roll into balls. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, shape into 1-inch balls. Or if you’d prefer, press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper and you can make energy bars instead. Recipe makes about 15- 18 bites.
FYI: If you start experimenting with different ingredients or leave some ingredients out, the balance of the recipe may be a little off. If they get too dry, add a few more of the sticky ingredients like honey and/or peanut butter. If they get too gooey, add in more oats. Feel free to make it your own!