Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All Natural Energy Bites

So, I have this recipe that people keep asking for.  Maybe it's because they taste like mini candy bar bites, or because I rant and rave, they're healthy, they're fast, and they're easy to anyone that will listen.  And then we all grab another and maybe another, because healthy never equates to calories, right? 


All Natural Energy Bites
Adapted from fooddoodles.com
Makes approximately 16 walnut-sized bites

1/2 C. nut butter ( almond butter, peanut butter or any kind of nut butter--I buy Adam's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter)
1/3 C. honey
1 C. old fashioned rolled oats
1 C. shredded unsweetened coconut (you can substitute here with any dry ingredients, including nuts and seeds.  
I used 3/4 C. wheat germ and a small handful of ground flax seed)
1-2 tsp. vanilla
1-2 tsp. spices (optional-I didn't add any, but you could add cinnamon or pumpkin spice)
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 C. of other add-ins such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, dark chocolate chips etc. (I added chocolate chips)

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mix the nut butter, honey, vanilla and salt if desired. 
2.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Mix well.
3.  Place in the fridge for 15 or so minutes.
4. Remove from the fridge and begin to roll the dough into walnut (or smaller) size bites.
5.  Place in an airtight container in the fridge or in the freezer (we love the freezer!) for a quick and delicious snack!

I quadrupled this recipe once, for a family reunion last summer.  It took hardly any time-except for the rolling, and I popped them in the freezer.  On my way out the door in the morning, I grabbed them, and threw them in the car.  And what do you know?  After a lazy day in the sun, my family snack was ready to go.  No plates, no wrappers, no fuss. Can't beat it.

Do you have a quick, go-to snack recipe that your friends and family love?  Let's share recipes!

 

5 comments:

rachel whetzel January 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM  

LOVE this! Looks delish, and it occurred to me, that I could press into a pan, and then cut into squares if I were pressed for time to roll!

B. Marie Davis January 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM  

Cassie, my girls loved them! And we had a fun time making them together. Thanks for sharing, it was a hit!

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Amber January 17, 2013 at 8:32 AM  

Thanks Cassie. I've been snacking on these all week :)

Cassie January 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM  

SO glad to hear that you ladies are enjoying these!

Rachel--squares are a fab idea! No more sticky hands from rolling!

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