Healthy Snacking- Energy Bites
Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Theresa Walker – BeachBody Coach
mid-afternoon snack. It’s about 3pm and
a couple hours till dinner so I need something to tide me over. Many days I am on the run or don’t have the
time to put together a snack, which means it is easy to open the pantry and
grab something not so healthy or packaged.
In general I try to stay away from packaged snacks as much as I can, yet
some days I also have a craving for something that tastes like a treat.
a batch and WOW, these became my perfect go-to afternoon snack! They are full of all natural ingredients,
they have fiber, protein, Omega 3’s and are good for you, yet they taste like a
treat with the mix of peanut butter and chocolate chips. The best part? They are customizable! Since I’ve been making them for a while, I do
get bored of the same taste, so I’ve tried several new ways to make them with various
ingredients, which keeps my interest.
I’ve made these for several get togethers and shared them with friends,
they always get rave reviews, even with the kids!
approximately 24 medium sized bites. So,
I like to make these on a day I have an extra half hour, store them in the
fridge and then my husband and I have snacks ready for the entire week! They also make a great breakfast or snack to
go into your child’s lunchbox. They
store in the fridge for 7 days and still taste fresh! I like to pull them out and let it sit on the
counter for 5 minutes so they are a little softer before eating. Here is the recipe I follow each week:
- 1 cup oatmeal
- ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
mixing bowl. Then add in the peanut
butter, honey and vanilla. Mix until
well incorporated. Cover and place in
fridge for half hour, then pull out and roll into approximately 24 balls. Store in the fridge in an air tight
substitute any “dry” ingredient for something else that is dry or “wet” for
wet. For example: you can replace the
flaxseed with chocolate protein powder or use agave instead of the honey. I’ve used rice crispy cereal or granola
instead of the sunflower seeds and raisins for a crunch. One of my favorites is walnuts and dried
cherries instead of sunflower seeds and raisins. The original recipe calls for a cup of
shredded coconut instead of seeds and raisins.
Chia seeds also incorporate nicely in the mix. And of course you can use any nut butter instead of peanut butter if you
have an allergy.
on ingredients, with the original recipe they run 115 calories per ball. You can also make them smaller, and make
more, to keep calorie count closer to 100 per ball.