The Best Energy Bites
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang with a bunch of awesome ladies in upstate NY to go snowshoeing, enjoy a farm to table cooking class and mixology class - so cool, right?! Before our day started we were given little goodie bags with snacks to keep up fueled up for the day in between our adventures. One of the healthy treats were the energy bites which I thought were just so delish! I ate them both at once (oops..was I supposed to save one for later?!) No mess and I just popped them in my mouth and enjoyed the sweet and savory taste they gave me! I knew I was ready to tackle snowshoeing shortly after! lol!
I was super excited when the recipe was shared with us after our adventure! You know I got to it & recreated right away! These little bites are super easy with some simple pantry staples. Think old fashioned oats, honey, nut butter, superpower seeds such as chia, flax & hemp. Roll them into bite-size balls and enjoy on the go. Great for kids lunch boxes too as my son shared them with me all week...score!
I literally used all my ingredients from one of my favorite store's Trader Joes! Old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free), chia seeds, hemp seeds (great source of plant protein), honey or agave if vegan, I used Trader Joes nut butter, however, any nut butter you fancy will suffice, coconut flakes and chocolate chips or in this case I had cacao nibs on hand (as always!)
All that it requires is to mix all the ingredients together in a bowl thoroughly, cover and let them chill in the fridge for about an hour. I lined a sheet pan with tin foil and sprayed it liberally. A slipmat would work perfectly here! Roll them into bite-size balls - do be careful of the size so you keep them as snack portions and not enough calories for a full meal! Using a tablespoon scooper can help with guidance.
Tip: I found them to fall apart as I was trying to roll them. To help with this I wet my fingers frequently while finger rolling them. No worries, it did not affect the taste or make them soggy in any way.
I then put them back on the sheet pan and let them chill another hour before putting them in an airtight container. From here, I either grabbed one or 2 as a snack while home or I portioned them into snack size bags (2 each) and took them to work. I also threw them in my kid's lunch bag (ok really just my son as my daughter is not an oatmeal fan!)
These are great as a pre/post workout snack too! Get creative and swap other seeds such as pumpkin or flax.
Not only was it an AH-mazing day trying out new adventures and making new friends but I got to recreate these incredibly tasty treats to keep in my recipe box for a great go-to snack! Would love to hear if you make them so please share and tag me on IG so I can see!
1 cup dry old fashioned oatmeal
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup nut butter
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs hemp seeds
1 tbs pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs
1/3 cup honey or agave
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Stir all ingredients together in a blow, blend well.
2. Chill in the fridge for about an hour.
3. Lay parchment/tin foil on a baking sheet (sprayed liberally).
4. Roll into bite-size balls (wet fingers as necessary to keep bound together)
5. Chill back in the fridge for about an hour and then add to an airtight container.
6. You can portion out into baggies - will keep in the fridge for about a week.
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