Monday, September 19, 2011

Energy Bites

I found this on Pinterest and with all the bike riding I do, I thought this would be a great thing to freeze then put in a zip-lock bag to take with me! I would make them smaller (more bite-size). -Vera

makes approximately 2 dozen depending on size

1/2 C nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or any other nut or seed butter. Anything will work here)

  • 1/3 C Honey

  • 1 C old fashioned rolled oats (you can toast for a nuttier flavor at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes)

  • 1 C shredded unsweetened coconut (you can substitute any dry ingredients for this, wheat bran or germ, oat bran, some ground flax seed(I wouldn’t recommending using an entire cup!), any kind of ground nuts or seeds. For a cookie dough type bite try adding a few tablespoon of your favorite whole grain flour)

  • 1-2 tsp vanilla

  • pinch of sea salt if using a natural nut butter with no added salt

  • 1-2 tsp your favorite spices or spice combinations(optional)

  • 1/2 C other add-ins (any kind of whole or roughly chopped nuts or seeds, dried fruit, good quality chocolate chips, etc)

In a large bowl add the nut butter, vanilla and salt if needed. Use less vanilla if yours is very strong or more if you really enjoy the vanilla flavor and don’t buy an alcohol based kind. If all your ingredients are room temperature you should be able to stir to combine. If this is difficult you can warm in the microwave for a few seconds or even place the bowl in an inch or two hot water for a few minutes to soften everything. Once this is combined add the remaining ingredients.

Examples of add-ins: Equal parts sesame seeds, poppy seeds and mini chocolate chips. Mix well. Once it’s all combined place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Then remove from the fridge, scoop out some dough and roll into a ball. It is much easier and works better to squeeze the handful together to compact it and then roll it into a ball.

If yours are too sticky you can consider adding more dry ingredients into them or rolling them in something like ground nuts, coconut, etc so they aren’t as sticky. Place the balls in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer for quick and easy snacks.

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