Energy Bites

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Ever wake up, and find it is suddenly noon when you’ve only had a cup of coffee? Happens a lot around here (God, I miss brunch), but after finding a recipe for no bake energy bites, I’m happy to report I have found an easy breakfast that requires no morning prep and minimal work (simply find 5 minutes in the evening to whip these up). They are full of healthy ingredients giving you strength to power through your day. Oh, and they are DELICIOUS – as in super yummy bites of oatmeal cookie dough goodness.

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They have ground flaxseed (which is easier for the body to digest in comparison to whole flaxseed) and chia seeds, both rich in Omega-3 fatty acids – “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. In addition, these superfoods promote healthy skin and hair, are touted to be anti-aging, have digestive benefits, and aid in weight loss by being high in fiber and low in carbs. They make a fantastic grab and go breakfast or a perfect after school snack! These are kid tested (thumbs up) and definitely mommy approved.

 

No Bake Energy Bites

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes* (I used a brand from whole foods that is unsweetened and extremely dry looking)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter**
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life’s Semi Sweet Mini Chips, which are vegan but super yummy)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Place into refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes. Using a small cookie scoop, shape into balls. Makes about 3 dozen. Keep in refrigerator for up to a week.

* To toast coconut flakes, simply place coconut flakes in a single layer in toaster oven for a few minutes. Watch closely because it browns quickly.

** Replace with any nut butter if allergic.

 

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