No Bake Energy Bites: Success!

20 Jan

I know I’m late in the game, but I have recently become addicted to Pinterest. This site is AMAZING, and has loads of excellent recipes to try, fitness tips, DIY/Crafty things, and soooo much more.

About one week ago, I found a recipe on Pinterest that I had to try. I immediately went to Kroger to get my supplies. Within thirty minutes of discovering the recipe, I was already almost done making these, and let me tell you : This recipe did NOT disappoint! These are FANTASTIC for someone who is constantly on the go, like myself

No Bake Energy Chunks (recipe from chef-in-training.com)

1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.


For the breakdown on Nutrition, see this site: http://caloriecount.about.com/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe-r875489


However, I can sum this up for you. Obviously, this differs based on how large or small you roll the balls. According to the Nutrition Facts, about 23g is one serving..which is roughly one ball.
Calories: 110
Total Fat: 5.4g (1.7g Satfat)
Cholesterol: Zero
Sodium: 29mg
Total Carbohydrate: 11.8g
Fiber: 1.9g
Sugars: 7.6g
Protein: 2.8g
These are really great for mid-meal snacks in moderation. The fat content is pretty high, due to the peanut butter. The protein content and fiber content are both going to be really great at keeping you satiated between meals, and best of all, these are the ultimate cure for any sweet tooth :).


Options to make this a touch more healthy:
-Use unsweetened coconut (this is what I used), or substitute the coconut for chopped dates
-Make sure to get Smuckers Natural PB (or any generic brand of Natural PB). The ingredients should ONLY be Peanuts and salt. Many mainstream brands have hydrogenated oils and other extra additives that aren’t very good for you.
-You can always replace the chocolate chips with carob chips
-You may also substitute Agave Nectar for the honey in this recipe, or do half honey, half agave.


Happy Baking!


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