Baking makes me feel uncomfortable. Really though, if you look at my Pinterest search history, what you'll likely find is: "Healthy no bake snacks" or "Easy no bake desserts". I get so nervous baking. Don't even ask me about my struggle with pancakes. It's a situation! It's my own doing though - my hub always makes fun of the way I bake: with abandon and not following the recipe fully ... I'm a free-spirited baker, what can I say!
Anyhow - THESE are my go-to energy bites. Tried, tested and true. They are a no bake, no hassle recipe. While they may look similar to the pecan date bites I posted a couple days ago, they are MUCH DIFFERENT in taste and consistency. These energy balls were based off of another recipe, but I (of course) made them into something of my own. My kids call them "chocolate balls" and my hubby take handfuls of them on his way out the door!
They are yummy.
Tip: Add a scoop or two of your fave protein powder for a quick pre or post-workout snack or if you need some energy to keep up with your busy kids!
Here are the ingredients you will need:
1 cup wheat-free oats (I buy mine from Bulk Barn; the "Only Oats" brand)
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shreds
1/2 cup of sliced or shredded almonds
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/3 cup all natural honey
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp hearts (optional; increases protein)
1 scoop protein powder (I use a plant based one called VEGA; click here for more info on it)
1-2 tsp (or to taste) cinnamon (I LOVE cinnamon, so taste test this as you go!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup ground flaxseed (I buy the seeds from Bulk Barn and grind them myself)
1/4 - 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips or raw cocoa nibs (dependent on how sweet you like it)
Start by mixing all your dry ingredients in one bowl, all the wet ones into another.
Use a wooden spoon or your hands to make sure the ingredients are fully combined. (I use my hands)
Put "dough" in fridge to chill for 20-40 mins, covered (I use saran wrap or put the "dough" in an airtight container)
Use a spoon (or mini ice-cream scoop to scoop up a teaspoon worth of "dough", roll it in your hands, put into airtight container ...
Or eat it right away. :)