Energy Bites

I’m going to let you in on a not so hidden secret about me…I have a sweet tooth. A big one. Sweets are my biggest weakness, the hardest thing to say “no” to, the hardest thing for me to eat in moderation, and during times where my emotions (of any kind) are running high, the feeling of NEEDING sweets takes over me like a wild ravenous beast on the hunt for it’s prey.

That sounds dramatic, but it’s true. I DO try my best to eat as healthy as possible – and this is all I ask of my nutrition clients that they do their best to make small changes to work towards their healthiest version of themselves.  But we are all human, we all fall off the wagon. Some people’s falling off means that they have a huge bag of cape cod potato chips, or an entire box of macaroni & cheese or a huge greasy bacon cheeseburger with extra fries, some people’s falling off means an entire tray of cookies without hesitation (…that one is me). For me, one thing that has been important, is being able to find substitutions and replacements to satisfy this craving so I don’t reach to a tub of frosting or a pan of brownies and a side of ice cream. These energy bites (which I portion out so I don’t eat a whole tub of them) do just that. Sometimes it’s not about eliminating something all together, but finding an alternative.  Something a little bit better, a little bit healthier, and as we say in ProCoach all the time…we are looking for 1% better than yesterday.  These energy bites are still sweet, they taste like a treat, but are a better option than what the evil sugar monster inside me would normally gravitate towards.

They are so simple to make, easy to take on the road with you, and  you can change up the flavors and put whatever you want in them. One batch of this recipe will make somewhere between 35-40 bites, which for me is a couple weeks worth – I divide them up into little bags with 3 bites per bag.

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I took the recipe, mixed up the base ingredients of: honey, PB, oats, cinnamon and vanilla, then split that mixture in half to make two different flavors.

*note on the PB…I know you probably already know this…but check your labels.  Teddy’s is one of my favorites…the ingredient list says it all.  So many PB brands are loaded with a ton of extra crap – just keep it simple.

  1. The first flavor (in addition to the base of the mix): I added dried cranberries, chia seeds, and then rolled them in unsweetened shredded coconut.
  2. The second flavor (in addition to the base of the mix): I added raisins, dark chocolate chips, and a blend of ground hemp & flax.

INGREDIENTS:
(BASE)
3c. Rolled Oats
1/4c. Honey
1/2t. Vanilla
1/2c. unsalted all natural Peanut Butter (or other nut butter) – I prefer Teddy’s
1/4t. Salt
1t. Cinnamon

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From there, add whatever you want!  These were a bit sweet, so if you aren’t a huge fan of sweet, you can obviously cut back on the honey a little bit.  I made the whole batch listed below, mixed it together, then split it in half and made two different flavors.  Below are the ingredient list for that (if using this for the whole batch, just double amounts)

  1. 1/3c. Dried Cranberries
    2T Chia Seeds
    Unsweetened Shredded Coconut to roll them in.
  2. 1/3c. Raisins
    2T Hemp & Flax Blend
    1/4c. Dark Chocolate Chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Take all ingredients for base, add them into a large bowl and mix until completely combined.
  2. Stir in additional ingredients of your choice.
  3. Roll out into small tablespoon (or a little larger) balls and place them into a Tupperware contained – I lined mine with a paper towel so they don’t get all sticky goopy against the Tupperware. You can also press them out into a baking pan and cut them into bars if you prefer that!
  4. If your hands get too sticky when rolling them, either rinse them off in water, or put a little olive oil on them which will help the bites not stick to your hands quite as much.
  5. Store them in an airtight container, I keep mine in the refrigerator in the portioned out ziplock bags so I can just grab a bag on my way out.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!  I look forward to hearing what flavors you try!  Make them your own!

 

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