To this day, I still play with my food. Throwing caution to the wind, tossing in whatever ingredients I feel like, all while doing that inner two year old dance (you know the one where you just kind of awkwardly bounce up and down….) to whatever song I catches my mood at the time.
I think that’s why I’m so excited about this recipe! You can completely customize these energy bites to please your taste buds all without strict measurements and directions. Heck, don’t even use a measuring cup if you don’t want to. This can sound scary I know, but trust me when I say: You cannot fail. These little energy bites got your back, so go on -play with your food (I won’t tell). Throw caution to the wind, turn up some feel good music, and dance like your inner two year old wants you to!
Time: 10 minutes
Yeilds: Approximately 20 1″ energy bites. This will vary depending on how many ingredients are used and if you can keep from stealing a few bites right out of the bowl!
Start With the Basics
This is going to be the foundation for the energy bites done your way. All you’ll need is:
Start by melting the honey by putting it in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until it becomes slightly runny and easier to stir.
Combine the oats and melted honey together in a large bowl.
Now for the fun part
Here is a list of possibilites for your bare energy bites. I’ve included rough measurements as a guideline only. Add as many or as few, as much or as little as you want. Listen to your heart (and tummy), you do you. Here we go:
- Shredded coconut (1/2 cup)
- Ground cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon)
- Pumpkin seeds (1/4 cup)
- Sunflower seeds (1/4 cup)
- Ground flax seeds (1 tablespoon)
- Chai seed (1 tablespoon)
- Dates, chopped (2 tablespoons)
- Peanuts, chopped (1/4 cup, I used unsalted)
- Raisins (2 tablespoons, chop them if you’re picky like me)
- Crasins (2 tablespoons, chop them if you’re picky like me)
- Peanut Butter (1/4 cup)
- Almond Butter (1/4 cup)
- Mini chocolate chips (2 tablespoons)
- Cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
- Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
Combine all your desired ingredients in with the pre-mixed honey and oats.
If your mixture is too wet add more rolled oats slowly, stirring as you go until the mixture starts thickening up and the mixture begins holding it’s shape.
If your mixture is too dry, add either more melted honey, peanut butter, or almond butter -depending on what you want your bites to predominately taste like. Do this slowly stirring as you go, until the mixture starts thickening up and the mixture begins hold it’s shape.
Once you’re all done playing with different ingredients, begin rolling the mixture into 1″ balls (it’s okay if you sneak a few bites. I won’t tell) Then pull out a large, air tight container to store your bites in. Place a layer of parchment paper on the bottom of the container and between each layer of energy bites.
Seal and store in the fridge for up to three weeks.
See? Nothing to it!
Stick with me
And you’ll never go hungry again! (Lion King anyone?…No? *goes back to awkward dancing*). So if you wanna make these bites like I did, start by putting “Get outta my dreams, get into my car“ by Billy Ocean on repeat. Immediently screw up by not melting the honey first. Continue anyway.
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 1/4 cup of sunflowerseeds
- 2 tablespoons of chopped raisins
- 2 tablespoons of chopped peanuts
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
Combine both the oats and the honey in a large metal bowl. Realize you should have melted the honey before hand as now its unstirable. Proceed by turning the oven to 200 degrees farenheight and placing the bowl inside for 1-2 minutes to actually melt it. Be sure to continue to moniter it, you aren’t trying to ‘cook’ the oats. See? Mistake right out of the gate and it still was unfailable. (You got this)
Act like nothing happened and get back to stirring the honey and oats together.
Carefully chop peanuts and raisins. Add the chopped peanuts, raisins, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. While stirring, notice the mixture is too dry and get the brilliant idea to add peanut butter (I LOVE peanut butter. How did I almost forget the peanut butter?).
Stir in peanut butter then taste test mixture. Awkward dance in celebration.
Roll the mixture into 1″ balls (or get carried away and eat half of it). Store the rest in a parchment lined, air tight container in the fridge. Eat whenever you open the fridge aimlessly.
So there we have it! Simple, customizable, never fail, energy bites to grab now or on the go. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the recipe, my blunders, and my awkward dancing.
Health & Happiness,