Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Energy Bites



Energy. Somehow there was a cosmic transfer providing my kids with endless energy, leaving me with little.

However, lately I've been working hard to conserve and produce as much energy as I can. I've been going to bed earlier, exercising regularly, drinking green tea and taking my vitamins. But, sometimes the weather is rainy, or my day is extra busy, and despite my best efforts I still hit that 2pm slump.

That's when you know you need a pick-me-up. I found these little energy bites on Pinterest. They were very quick to make and can be made tons of different ways. I made mine with almond butter and honey, and while I like almond butter, I think they would have been a lot better with salted peanut butter. I also wouldn't have used as much honey. You can add or subtract whatever nuts, grains, seeds or chocolate that you'd like. If you don't like it one way, be sure to try it another.




Energy Bites
From Fooddoodles.com

makes approximately 2 dozen depending on size

Ingredients

1/2 C nut butter(almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or any other nut or seed butter. Anything will work here, but I would prefer peanut butter)
1/4-1/3 C honey(I believe brown rice syrup would also work. I’m not sure of thinner sweeteners such as maple syrup and agave though as they may not hold together as well)
1 C old fashioned rolled oats(you can toast for a nuttier flavor at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes)
1 C shredded unsweetened coconut(you can substitute any dry ingredients for this, wheat bran or germ, oat bran, some ground flax seed(I wouldn’t recommending using an entire cup!), any kind of ground nuts or seeds. For a cookie dough type bite try adding a few tablespoon of your favorite whole grain flour)
1-2 tsp vanilla
pinch of sea salt if using a natural nut butter with no added salt
1-2 tsp your favorite spices or spice combinations (optional) I used about 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 C other addins(any kind of whole or roughly chopped nuts or seeds, dried fruit, good quality chocolate chips, etc)

Directions

In a large bowl add the nut butter, honey or other sweetener, vanilla and salt if needed. Use less vanilla if yours is very strong or more if you really enjoy the vanilla flavor and don’t buy an alcohol based kind. If all your ingredients are room temperature you should be able to stir to combine. If this is difficult you can warm in the microwave for a few seconds or even place the bowl in an inch or two hot water for a few minutes to soften everything. Once this is combined add the remaining ingredients.

In this case I used almond butter and for my addins I used equal parts sesame seeds, poppy seeds and mini chocolate chips. Mix well. Once it’s all combined place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Then remove from the fridge, scoop out some dough and roll into a ball. I find it’s much easier, and works better to squeeze the handful together to compact it and then roll it into a ball.

If yours are too sticky you can considering adding more dry ingredients into them or rolling them in something like ground nuts, coconut, etc so they aren’t as sticky. Place the balls in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer for quick and easy snacks.

19 comments:

Erica said...

Better than coffee! What a delicious treat

Barbara said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new blog, Teresa. Looks like a great source for healthy recipes too.
These look great and I like the idea of adding or subtracting things to make them more to your taste.

Kim said...

Teresa - Oh my...we are so alike it's funny. I've been doing the same thing (going to bed early, taking vitamins, eating better, and I even quit drinking diet pop). But, I also hit that slump around 2-3pm every single day and I can't stand it!

These energy bites look awesome. The challenge is eating one and then leaving them alone :)

Rebecca Subbiah said...

fun and loving pineterest too

Cathy said...

They look like little meatballs, Theresa...hahaha. I have tried many times to make a granola bar that would hold together and I think this might be a better idea. I like and need a little energy snack during the day.

Joanne said...

By three pm at work, which is midway between lunch and when I get to go home, it's all I can sometimes do not to fall asleep at my experiment. These energy bites sound like the perfect fix!

Leslie said...

My kids steel my energy! Those sound great!

Reeni said...

These seem so dessert-like to me! I would be happy to have them as a pick-me-up - they look incredibly good!

Sue said...

These look very similar to Clif Bars. I sometimes like to grab a Clif Bar on my way to work if I'm running a bit late. Maybe I should whip up batch of these and take these with me instead.

Val said...

I need to make a few dozen of these!

Sophia Lee said...

That looks perfect for me...during a day when I'm in school from 12-10 pm!

Megan said...

These would be perfect for the kiddo's school unch. Goyya give these a try for sure! :)

Mary said...

They sound amazing and actually look like meat balls. I can always use an energy infusion to keep me on my toes, so your recipe will be put to good use around here.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

These sound great. I love finding things on Pininterest.

Taste and Tell said...

I could definitely use some extra energy - and these sound so delicious!!

Velva said...

This is a very cool pick me up energy bite...Love it.

Velva

EAT! said...

I NEED to make a batch of these!! They will be great snacks for hungry kids... and parents.

Liz said...

I've made these before and love them! They are perfect for a quick snack.

Francesca Valentina Pegorer said...

Your blog is amazing!!!Do you know that honey doesn't spoil?It's so absurd...by the way I read your recipe with honey, I'll try them tonight :)

http://letmymindgoesfreely.blogspot.it/2014/02/honey-doesnt-spoil.html