Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Protein Energy Bites

Unfortunately, my picture has a lot of orange color . . .not sure why!
But typically these energy bits look like peanut butter with yummy stuff mixed in!

Some time ago, at an activity, one of the moms had these little treats out for the kids.

I had one and knew that not only are they great for a snack,

but it would be great for a breakfast at our house too!

I've made these energy bites several times and what I like about them,

besides the convenience, ease of preparation, and taste,

is that I can keep make a large batch and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer

for an easy-to-go meal!

Now . . .you know the Mr.

He doesn't like peanut butter.

And now he has the cherubs a little spoiled to preferring almond butter and the like.

So, my next effort is to make these, but substituting the peanut butter with a different nut butter.

Just to see how it goes!

If it's bad -- then I'll stick to the tried and true!

Obviously, we've been gluten free so long that all of our ingredients are appropriately gluten free.  If you follow a gluten free diet, use your gluten free ingredients.  This recipe easily adapts to dietary needs.

Protein Energy Bites

1 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use old fashioned because we like the texture of it in this)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed (this is necessary; for bulk and to reduce stickiness)
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Place everything in a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer or a stand mixer.

Using a cookie scoop, place energy bite balls on parchment paper.  Place in the refrigerator, or freezer, to firm the mixture. 

Place in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator or freezer.

**I use a 1 TBSP size cookie scoop, normally.  I've used smaller, for more of a "bite sized" energy bite.

**You can add 2/3 cup shredded coconut to the mixture, if you desire.  I desire, but the Mr. and cherubs don't desire; so I don't add it! 

If you do, reduce the oatmeal to 1 cup and add 2/3 cup coconut.

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