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No Bake Energy Bites

April 18, 2013

Well, if you know me, you know I have four major loves. Dogs, Real Estate, Trying New Recipes and a Healthy Lifestyle. I came across this recipe and I just love it! Nothing is better than snacking on homemade healthy snacks while biking, hiking, running or sporting. I encourage everyone to try this recipe, while walking your dog, running the kids to the hockey rink or just a snack in the middle of a busy work day.

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Ingredients

1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I like old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Method

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of      whatever size you would like.  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

 

Makes about 20-25 balls.

Substitution ideas can abound for just about any of these ingredients! Feel free to substitute in your favorite nut butter (almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.) for the peanut butter. And you could also add in some wheat germ in place of some or all of the flaxseed. I would caution, though, against substituting agave nectar for the honey, as the honey’s thickness helps hold things together.

Some other fun substitutions for the chocolate chips (or an addition to them) could include:

chopped dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, etc.)
dried berries (cranberries, cherries, etc.)
chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
other chips (butterscotch, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, M&Ms, etc.)
other grains (different kinds of oatmeal, rice cereal, etc.)

What about substitutions for other ingredients? The joy of these bites being “no bakes” is that this recipe is super flexible. If you end up needing to omit one of the dry ingredients (such as coconut or flax), just add in some extra of whatever other dry ingredient is remaining (for example, the oats). If you feel like your energy bites are too dry, add in extra honey or peanut butter. It’s also not required that you refrigerate these, but I find it helps them stick together much better.  Enjoy!!

 

Original recipe found at http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Kelleigh Dodds permalink
    April 18, 2013 10:19 am

    Sounds Delicious can’t wait to try these 🙂

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