These awesome little energy bites can take the edge off your sweet tooth and give you a great energy boost. Using healthier choices when making them and limiting your consumption to 1 or 2 make them a healthy choice.
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes (optional, I’m not a coconut fan)
1/2 cup peanut butter (natural preferred)
1/2 cup ground flax seed or wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional) (dark chocolate chips recommended)
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Substitution ideas can abound for just about any of these ingredients! Feel free to substitute in your favorite nut butter (almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.) for the peanut butter. And you could also add in some wheat germ in place of some or all of the flax seed. I would caution, though, against substituting agave nectar for the honey, as the honey’s thickness helps hold things together.
Some other fun substitutions for the chocolate chips (or an addition to them) could include:
- chopped dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, etc.)
- dried berries (cranberries, cherries, etc.)
- chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
- other chips (butterscotch, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, M&Ms, etc.)
- other grains (different kinds of oatmeal,rice cereal, etc.)