Monday, October 19, 2015

All Natural Energy Bites {again}

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
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)*

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!

*Tonight I made this a bit differently than normal.  Here's the thing:  if you get the base goodness correct (the nut butter, honey, vanilla, sea salt), you really can't go wrong.  Just don't get too carried away with dry ingredients or they wont stick together. 
Once I had the base, I added 1 C. oats, 1/4 C. ground flax, & 1/2 C. almond flour.  Then I added a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips. 

I quadrupled this recipe once, for a family reunion a couple summers ago.  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!

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