Thursday, April 10, 2014

Old Fashioned Oat Energy Bites

Skip the processed bars, snacks and drinks and pack a couple of these energy bites with you next time you need to refuel. These are great to take to work as a mid day pick me up or to munch on quickly before or after a workout. Substitute the seeds if you desire with chia or poppy and switch out the peanut butter for almond butter for a different spin on a healthy treat.
Old Fashioned Oat Energy Bites
yields 24
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup ground flax
2 cups unsweetened crunchy peanut butter
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup organic grade A maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Combine the peanut butter and the remaining wet ingredients in another bowl and stir to combine.
Pour the wet into the dry and stir to combine fully. This is easily done using your hands!
Chill for 1 hour then form into tight balls, one inch in diameter. Use a small ice cream scooper for uniform sized bites.
Keep cold during storage.
These are not all that sweet, if you would prefer a sweeter bite, replace some of the water with more maple syrup.

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