I am always looking for a great, yet healthy option for my mid-afternoon snack. It’s about 3pm and a couple hours till dinner so I need something to tide me over. Many days I am on the run or don’t have the time to put together a snack, which means it is easy to open the pantry and grab something not so healthy or packaged. In general I try to stay away from packaged snacks as much as I can, yet some days I also have a craving for something that tastes like a treat.
A couple of years ago I stumbled upon a recipe for EnergyBites and made a batch and WOW, these became my perfect go-to afternoon snack! They are full of all natural ingredients, they have fiber, protein, Omega 3’s and are good for you, yet they taste like a treat with the mix of peanut butter and chocolate chips. The best part? They are customizable! Since I’ve been making them for a while, I do get bored of the same taste, so I’ve tried several new ways to make them with various ingredients, which keeps my interest. I’ve made these for several get togethers and shared them with friends, they always get rave reviews, even with the kids!
The time-saving part of this recipe is that one batch makes approximately 24 medium sized bites. So, I like to make these on a day I have an extra half hour, store them in the fridge and then my husband and I have snacks ready for the entire week! They also make a great breakfast or snack to go into your child’s lunchbox. They store in the fridge for 7 days and still taste fresh! I like to pull them out and let it sit on the counter for 5 minutes so they are a little softer before eating. Here is the recipe I follow each week:
- 1 cup oatmeal
- ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then add in the peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated. Cover and place in fridge for half hour, then pull out and roll into approximately 24 balls. Store in the fridge in an air tight container. Voila!
With this recipe, you can basically substitute any “dry” ingredient for something else that is dry or “wet” for wet. For example: you can replace the flaxseed with chocolate protein powder or use agave instead of the honey. I’ve used rice crispy cereal or granola instead of the sunflower seeds and raisins for a crunch. One of my favorites is walnuts and dried cherries instead of sunflower seeds and raisins. The original recipe calls for a cup of shredded coconut instead of seeds and raisins. Chia seeds also incorporate nicely in the mix. And of course you can use any nut butter instead of peanut butter if you have an allergy.
**Calories per bite varies depending on ingredients, with the original recipe they run 115 calories per ball. You can also make them smaller, and make more, to keep calorie count closer to 100 per ball.
Theresa Walker - BeachBody Coach
Theresa is a wife and stay at home mother of 2 energetic boys, DJ (8) and Aiden (5). She has a bachelors in Communications and prior to being a mother she worked at Better Investing magazine in advertising and as a Corporate Account Manager. These days she is fortunate enough to spend time with her boys checking out all of the local fun there is to be had. She and her family love to travel. She is also active in a large online mom's group through Facebook that she started called Planet Mom. She enjoys being active and one of her proudest accomplishments was running the Detroit Half Marathon as well as the Romeo to Richmond Half. In her free time you can find her running or biking through Stony Creek. Or curled up on a couch with a good book and her cat in her lap. She recently became a BeachBody Coach, so that she could share her love for health and fitness with others to help them reach their personal goals. You can find her Facebook page at Inspired Health & Fitness. She considers herself a "Fit Foodie" and loves trying new recipes, experimenting and new restaurants around town. She hopes she can share some of her tips for healthy eating and exercise for busy moms and Metro Detroit Mommy Fans!