As it’s freezing cold outside, all I want to do all hours of the day is drink coffee/lattes paired with my yummy energy bites. Oh boy do I love this them and more recipes to come! I definitely have at least three of these bad boys everyday. They make the perfect breakfast, snack and even dessert! They really do a great job of satisfying the after-dinner sweet tooth.
I make at least two batches of energy bites every week (one batch, Monster Bites and one batch Triple Chocolate Bites) And if I don’t have theses on hand, my family and I are raiding the candy bucket for something sweet. And if the bucket is empty, then we dig in the freezer for chocolate chips, ah! (Yes, I hide my chocolate chips in the freezer so they are in out of sight in the pantry)
I feel good eating theses bites and love to see my kids opt for them instead of something else that may not be as good for you. They are usually in my kids lunches most days.
I invested in a good cookie dough scoop because I kept breaking my cheap ones… I use OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop.
Notice I really load up on the goodies😉. Flaxseed, chia seeds and hemp seeds are all great sources of fiber and heart-healthy omega-3’s. The chia seeds and hemp seed give the bites a great crunch. However, if you look at my sink in the bathroom you will definitely find chia seeds, ha! Those little buggers get stuck in my teeth but I know they are benefiting my body and my belly. Another good reason for kids to eat these bites because they usually lack fiber in the diet (Adults, too!! Most adult only consume between 10 to 12 grams each day and the recommended amount of fiber is 25 grams)
More on the hemp hearts, aka, hemp seeds, kinda a new item, this super food contains 10 grams of polyunsaturated fats (mainly good), 3 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein for a serving size of just 3 tablesoons, wow! These are great to sprinkle on salads, yogurt or cereal. Yes, they are my new favorite!
A new addition to my energy bites are sliced almonds. I adore the giant bag of sliced almonds that are perfect for snacking and sprinkling on yogurt. Almonds are super high in good fats (10grams of monounsaturated per 1/4 cup). They are also great sources of fiber and protein as well as providing sources of calcium, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese. Yay!
*Quick tip: I store all my dry items in the freezer so they do not become rancid. Flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds and almonds are all stored in my freezer to extend their nutrition and shelf life. I have a side-by-side frig/freezer and really dislike it but then I found out the freezer is perfect for storing all theses items! I still dislike the set-up of the frig but we will talk about that another day.
As for the peanut butter, find any natural peanut butter WITHOUT partially hydrogenated fats listed in the ingredients. Partially hydrogenated fats are horrible for your health, get them out of your diet. They are also known as trans fat. Any natural PB is a great choice. And any honey ((you) honey 😉😘) is great, too!
Monster Energy Bites
Makes about 23 bites
1/2c peanut butter
1/2 c quick oats
1/2c ground flaxseed
1/4 c chia seeds
1/4 c hemp seeds
1/2 c sliced almonds
1/4 c mini choc chips or mini M&Ms
Mix together peanut butter and honey using a spatula. Add oats, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds and sliced almonds to the peanut butter honey mixture and mix well (You may get a slight arm workout but it’s totally worth it, trust me). Next add mini chocolate chips or mini M&M’s and mix lightly into the mixture. Using a cookie dough scoop, fill with mixture to make little bites!
*Store in frig or if you’re like me, I like to store them in the freezer to be a bit more chewy! 😉