Energy Bites. Truly, the perfect Mom-food. I’m always hungry. And not just because we are Vegetarian and generally eat lighter meals, but because I’m always running around chasing these kids of mine, and because I am also tandem breastfeeding a nearly 3 year old and 1 year old, at the time of writing this recipe. So my energy requirements are through the roof most days. I feel like I never stop eating! I just started making these energy bites this past week though, and am kicking myself for not trying them years ago. They are so good, and quite healthy, full of more seeds than even a bird would eat. But you can’t tell, because they are actually delicious. Only sweetened with raw honey, and containing oats, a nut butter, and all those seeds, they truly stay with you for awhile. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I am! We are seriously hooked over here.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (raw or roasted)
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds (raw or roasted)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup nut butter
- ½ cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cocoa powder and/or unsweetened shredded coconut
- Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl: oats, raisins, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon.
- In another bowl, combine your nut butter of choice, honey, and vanilla extract.
- Pour wet mixture into dry mixture, and stirring carefully and combining completely.
- Place the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for awhile, which will help them ball up easier. It’s an optional step though.
- Using slightly wet fingers, shape dough into small balls. Since the mixture will be quite crumbly, squeeze them tightly into the needed shape.
- Roll each ball around in either cocoa powder or shredded coconut to coat completely.
- Place in an airtight container and let them chill in the refrigerator for awhile so that they harden up a bit before eating.
- Makes about 2 dozen balls/bites. Enjoy!
- I usually use peanut butter, and much prefer the cocoa powder coating. They taste something like Peanut Butter Cup truffles!