Friday, February 6, 2015

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites


Just a quick recipe to share with you as we make our way into the weekend.  

These energy bites are simple, nutritious and wholesome.  

Only takes about 20 minutes to whip up a batch
so that they can be enjoyed during a sporting event, as a snack or on the go!  

Image this scenario...
There is one hour between games/events,
do you want your athlete eating pizza, nachos, a hot dog or
one or two peanut butter oatmeal balls?

They are a great go-to because of the blend of protein and energy!

You can grab one between meals or on your way out the door.

My kids love them, actually, so do Jerry and I.
And, I love the fact that they are made from a handful of kitchen staples.  


Simply add
1 cup quick oats, 
1/2 cup peanut butter,
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
(rich in fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fats)
what better place to sneak it in…
nobody even knows it is in there!
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
into a mixing bowl.

And stir it up well.

The dough will be thick…
tricky part is to get it wet enough to hold together
but not too wet to be sticky.  


Using a medium-sized scoop to achieve uniform size,
each ball is rolled between hands until smooth.

When the dough is in my hands,
I give it a gentle squeeze to ensure that the texture is right…
Enough moisture to hold together
(so if it crumbles, throw it back…make sure it is thoroughly combined
add more honey or peanut butter if the dough is too dry).

Then roll it out until smooth and roundish.


This batch only made 15 bites or so…
now I always make a double batch. 

Pop them into the fridge to cool and for storage.

RECIPE:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Makes 15-18 bites

Ingredients
1 cup quick oats, 
1/2 cup peanut butter,
1/4 cup flaxseed meal 
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and then form into individual bites.