Energy bites!! How amazing are these balls of goodness.
I've been making these lately to munch on before and after my early swim workouts for a boost of energy that won't make me feel full and heavy. They are quick and you can even freeze them to store for later.
You can find recipes and adaptations all over Pinterest. Energy bites/ball/bars/chucks, whichever way you make them, are a thing. But who cares, they are good, and slightly addicting.
I took my adaption from one of my favorite sites, Gimme Some Oven. You'll see from the GSO post, these treats can be made several different ways. I opted for almond butter because sometimes the peanut tends to overwhelms flavors and I added a good pinch of salt to cut the sweetness. A tip for you - wet your hands when you mold each ball, that way it will be a little less sticky. I plan to try and add some protein powder in my next batch and try them with a little less honey and add a bit of water to see if it will hold together. I'll keep you posted. It's a trial and error sorta thing. If it doesn't work, this stuff is good by the spoonful.
They are also a nice sweet after dinner treat. It's basically a no bake cookie, but a bit healthier.
Coconut and Apricot Energy Bites
Adapted from Gimmie Some Oven // Makes about 20
- 1 cup dry old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup toasted, unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup chopped dry apricots
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- added water if needed
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add a little water if it is too dry and not sticking together. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator 15-20 minutes.
- Once chilled, roll into balls into about 1 inch balls. I use a tablespoon to help mold them.
- Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Store these guys in an airtight container for about a week or freeze them for longer storage.