So I found this recipe on pinterest and it has become my new favorite go-to snack when I am on the go! I have adapted it a bit and that’s half the beauty of it, you can mix up the ingredients to your liking! I can’t find the original recipe unfortunately, so you will just have to run with my adaptation. 🙂 its just as yummy, if not better, I promise. 🙂
Protein Energy Bites
1 cup oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (my fave part!)
1/3 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened if you can find them)
1/2 cup flaxseed (or I use flaxseed meal)
1/3 cup sliced almonds (or plain sunflower seeds, shelled)
1/2 cup peanut butter (or try almond butter!)
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and set in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more honey or peanut butter. If too wet, add more oats!
After 30 minutes, take it out and roll (or squeeze in your palm) the mixture into bite size balls, and lay them out on a lined baking pan to freeze. Set them in the freezer till they are hardened enough not to stick together (another 15 min or so) and then you can transfer them to your preferred sealed container to be stored in the fridge for up to a week; in the freezer they will last longer.
Now, after doing this a few times, I found that I like to keep mine stored in a ziploc in the freezer! It makes the chocolate extra crunchy and they are just that much more refreshing when they are cold. 🙂 they are not too hard to bite thru and a couple friends of mine also commented on how much they liked them frozen.
**Extra ingredients to consider:
-use raisins and add cinnamon for a connamon raisin oatmeal cookie taste.
-Try adding chia seeds to make them more filling!
-In one batch I used shelled sunflower seeds and that was yummy too.
-If you don’t prefer peanut butter, substitute almond butter.
-also try: nutella (high in sugar though), craisins, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, other dried fruits, peruse your baking aisle and get creative!
Enjoy! Eat 3 or 4 for a quick healthy breakfast on the go, an easy snack in the afternoon or even a healthy after school snack for the kids. These babies are loaded with all the good fats, protein, healthy carbs and antioxidants you need for a health-conscious pick-me-up. Ok, now go make some. You can thank me later. 🙂