Monday, June 3, 2013

Chocolate Energy Bites - Juggling Real Food and Real Life

Holy Cow!  The end of the school year is always busy and this year is no exception.  We combine school activities ending with Summer activities starting.  We have been busy with picnics, parades, baseball, softball, scouting...........and so much more.  I am really struggling with keeping up with laundry and cleaning the house has diminished to just what absolutely has to be done.  We are having a blast, but we are really struggling with keeping our food Real.  The temptation to eat fast food has been greater than ever, because I am so tired at the end of the day and I don't have the time to devote to cooking like I want to.  

We haven't been eating anything too fancy and I really feel like I'm flying by the seat of my pants, but I am trying to eat as Real as possible.  We have had a lot of scrambled eggs, salads, and sandwiches for dinner.  I certainly need as much nutrition as possible to keep this schedule going.  Maybe next week will quiet down?  I doubt it................... 


Saturday afternoon, I did have a few minutes.  We were done with the Cub Scout picnic and home to work on some yard work.  Then it started to rain...................No!  How can this be happening?  I have too much yard work to do.  I quickly turned my attitude around to "Hooray!  I can try something new in the kitchen."



Chocolate Energy Bites


I've been seeing lots of recipes all over Pinterest for energy balls.  They are a combination of oats, nut butter, honey and various other ingredients.  Sound pretty good to me. They are also super easy to make since all you have to do is throw everything into a food processor and mix.  I was thinking that making these into balls might take too much time, but it turned out to be pretty quick and easy, with the small ice cream scoop that I have.  


My version of energy bites are a great combination of crunchy from flax seeds and almond slivers and creamy from the peanut butter and honey.  I also included a hint of chocolate, because well............I'm me.  I like chocolate.  Yum!   



Chocolate Energy Bites Ingredients


Flax seeds may be new to some folks.  Before my Real Food Journey started, I had never heard of flax seed.  What I have found out is that they are rich in fiber and there is evidence that this tiny seed may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.  

OK............so I'll talk more about how great the ingredients are at another time.  I need to get to the recipe because these energy bits are delicious.  They make a great breakfast, snack, or lunchbox treat.  They fill me up and really do give me sustained energy to help get me through my busy days.   


Chocolate Energy Bites

Ingredients:

2 Cups Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seeds
1 Cup Shredded Coconut
3 TBSP Cocoa Powder
1 Cup Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil

Directions:  


1.  Place Dry Ingredients into your food processor.

2.  Add wet ingredients to food processor.
3.  Mix until well blended.  Really..........it's that easy.  
4.  Form into balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Makes about 20 - 25 balls.    
5.  Chill to set the energy bites. About 1/2 hour.
6.  Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.  They will last about a week.  If you can make them last that long. 


Chocolate Energy Bites Dry Ingredients

Chocolate Energy Bites Wet Ingredients

Chocolate Energy Bites



Now it's your turn.............Give them a try and let me know what you think.  Are you familiar with flax seeds?  These remind me of the no-bake cookies that I used to eat as a kid.  I hope you enjoy this nutrient packed version.  


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9 comments:

  1. These look wonderful! I make a similar no-bake snack ball, but without almonds or coconut. Have a great Monday!

    -Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy

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    1. They are really good, aren't they Melissa. Thanks for stopping in. It's always good to see you.

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  2. These look so good! I have been making a similar version for a while, but without the chocolate. I love the idea of adding some chocolate. thehubofourhome

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tanna. I hope you come back to visit often. There are lots of dfferent versions out there. I bet yours are great. The chocolate adds a nice touch that really appeals to me. If I get chocolate, then nobody gets hurt. LOL!

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  3. Those look great Christina! I always love easy to make dessert type things, thanks for sharing :).

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kevin. These energy bites are really versatile. They are a great dessert, snack, and even breakfast. That's one of my favorite part about eating good ingredients........time of day doesn't matter.

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  4. They look great, but do you have any suggestions for an alternative for coconut? I am not a big fan of it. Thanks for sharing at the Lovely Linky! www.leahinspired.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Leah. I hope you come back to join the fun often. This recipe is easy for swap outs. You could easily leave out the coconut and use extra nuts or sunflower seeds. I will say though that I think the overall flavor is chocolate and peanut butter. The coconut doesn't stand out......unless maybe you don't like coconut. Then, maybe it does?

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  5. Will the kids like it??? I'd love a healthy, yummy snack for after school.

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