These little gems are perfect for before workouts, after workouts, after school snack, or to toss in lunch boxes for your family. They offer healthy ingredients with a bit of chocolate yum added. And the best part is, you literally can throw them together in minutes with common, everyday ingredients.
Give them a try…
Chocolate Energy Bites
1 cup of quick cooking oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tsp. cocoa powder
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
In a large bowl, mix the oats, flax seed, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sea salt together until well combined.
In a microwave safe bowl, mix the honey and peanut butter and heat for 30 seconds or until easier to combine by mixing with a spoon. Mix this well and pour it over the dry mixture.
Combine until no crumbles are left and then form into ball sizes of your desire.
Store them in the refrigerator for up to a week and enjoy.
I have researched many different recipes for grab and go granola type snacks. Some I have found just have way too much sugar and many just have so much peanut butter that you really taste nothing more than just that, peanut butter. So one day I did some experimenting in my lab(my kitchen). I wanted some peanut butter, some sweetness, as much protein as possible without adding any protein powders and mostly I wanted them to taste good. Here is what I came up with.
No Bake Granola Balls
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 c. ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 c. sunflower seeds
dash of sea salt
20 pitted dates
1 TBSP. water
2 TBSP. natural peanut butter
2 TBSP. brown rice syrup
2 TBSP. mini chocolate chips(optional)
First step, in a food processor add your 20 pitted dates and water and blend until smooth.
Second, in a small bowl mix together your natural peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Sometimes natural peanut butter is somewhat thick. Microwaving this mixture for 15-20 seconds will help with the mixing and make it nice and creamy.
Then in a large bowl combine all the remaining ingredients. Mix and then add your date mixture and the peanut butter mixture. Take your hands and mix until everything is combined and there are no crumbs remaining at the bottom of your bowl.
Last, form this mixture into balls to your desired size. Mine were about 1 inch and this recipe made 32 balls.
Store in the refrigerator, if they last long enough to store in your home:)