energy bites

energy bites

There should probably be a more exciting name for these little things, but that’s what I heard them called first, so now I can’t think up anything better!  Put these in your rotation for snacks….super easy, pretty healthy, and delicious.  My kids love them.

I first saw these on a blog somewhere (they have been circulating through various blogs and now Pinterest) and decided to make them mostly for the kids.  I liked that there was protein in them and it seemed like they would be more filling than a lot of snacks like crackers or pretzels.  I mixed them together, gave one a try and thought “these are WAY better than I expected!”  They are really good.  I also use them sometimes to satisfy a sweets or chocolate craving.  Even one of these bites is decently filling.  My kids usually eat 2-3 for a snack.  I’m sure as they get older that amount will increase.  🙂

Another nice thing about a snack like this is that they are super adaptable as well, you could mix in almost anything: dried fruit, nuts, different types of chips, nutella, cocoa powder…use your imagination!  I almost always add a sprinkle of rice krispies…I love the crunch it gives.  I also usually add pecans or almonds.  I love that the recipe has flax seed too, which is SO healthy for you – I really should add it to everything!  I keep flax seed on hand to add to things, plus I have a couple go-to recipes that call for this ingredient.  If you come up with a great new flavor, let me know!

energy bites

Energy Bites

1 cup quick oats (you can use old fashioned, the texture might be a little different)

1/2-3/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1/3 cup honey

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup mini or regular chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour (you can skip this step if you are in a hurry).  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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  1. Pingback: honey almond (or whatever you want!) granola bars | Cooking Amid Chaos

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