"I will not feel deprived when I turn down junk food.
I will feel empowered that I made the healthy choice."
Healthy snacking is tough. There are so many delicious options out there calling your name...
But most snacks are pre packaged and therefore processed and usually are full of preservatives, hidden sugar and who know's what else??? Yuck.
Enter the mighty Energy Bite! You can make these babies easily in about 5 minutes with no need to turn on the oven. One bowl, a spoon and a fridge is all you need.
They are made with oats, almond butter and chia seeds so they are full of plant based protein and iron that provides long lasting energy and keep you full. The oats are a whole grain and release long term energy without a crash so your energy level is maintained and you aren’t looking for a snack 30 minutes after eating. Coconut is also full of iron and potassium and is a healthy fat providing much needed nutrients to your heart and working to keep inflammation down.
These bites make a great school or work snack as they will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you full. You can put them in yours or your kids lunch for a healthier option than a pre packaged snack. They are also great for after school or before a workout or sports activity.
You can make these nut free by subbing sunflower seed butter for almond butter.
If I do use protein poweder, I choose a vegan brand like Sun Warrior or Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah - vanilla or chocolate would work in this recipe.
I like to make a double batch and freeze them in two's so they are easy to grab on busy mornings.
Combine all the "dry" ingredients in a large mixing bowl until they are well combined. Add in the brown rice syrup and almond butter and stir well until it looks like a “dough”. It will get tough to stir. Roll the dough with your hands into golf ball sized balls and refrigerate until firm - about 30 minutes.
Store these delicious energy balls in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to a month. They can travel for lunch or snacks unrefrigerated - they just keep their form best in the fridge.