Monday, January 19, 2015

Replacing the Boxed and Canned: Homemade Energy Bites

My friend shared this recipe with me a few weeks ago and I was excited to make them and try them out. Molly and Timothy helped me make them, so that added to the fun of trying out a new recipe! They each took turns helping me scoop and dump our ingredients into the bowl. And when they were all made, they helped me eat the left over scrapings too. :) 

This recipe comes from Money Saving Mom and can be found here: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/05/4-weeks-to-fill-your-freezer-homemade-energy-bites-day-18.html

Homemade Energy Bites

Makes approx 3 dozen 


*2 cups oatmeal (I used the old fashioned rolled oats from the big bins you can scoop from at my local supermarket...it is cheaper this way).
*1 cup peanut butter or other nut butter (I used Adam's Creamy peanut butter.)
*2/3 cup honey  (I used honey bought from our local Farmers Market.)
*2 cups unsweetened  coconut flakes (Not the sweetened kind you find in the baking isle), wheat germ, sesame seeds, or a mixture of all three. (I just used coconut flakes and found it at my local health food supply store called, The Grist Mill.) 
*1 cup ground flaxseed (I found ground flaxseed at The Grist Mill as well. You can find whole flaxseed at your local supermarket and grind yourself if you prefer.) 
*1 cup mini chocolate chips (I used slightly less than 1 cup.)
*2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls. 
To freeze: Place balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for one to two hours. Remove from cookie sheet and place in an airtight ziptop freezer bag or other airtight container.
To serve: Remove desired number of balls and thaw at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Can also warm for 30 seconds or so in the microwave. You can also eat them straight from the freezer! Whichever way you prefer. 

These are seriously delicious! I filled my cookie sheet and had a little left over, so I just ate what was left in the bowl.....they are delicious freshly made at room temperature, as well as straight out of the freezer (which is how I prefer them!). Sam and the kids really enjoyed them as well. I'm thinking they will be perfect to pop into the kids' lunches for them to enjoy at school! 

The first time I made this recipe, I found it hard to press and roll my mixture into balls. I think my mixture was just a touch too dry.  I also had a few people suggest I use some sort of cooking oil on my hands while I press and roll them so I wouldn't have such an issue with it sticking to my hands. So the second time I made these, I added just a touch more honey to moisten it up just the slightest bit more, and I put some oil on my hands. I had no problems at all pressing the mixture together and then roll them into balls! Problem solved! 

With love,
Mama Hauck

1 comment:

  1. Don't know if my comment went through...try rubbing a little oil (from your health food store of course) in your hands as you roll the balls. Reapply as necessary. They look yummy! I will be there B4 Vday so plan something with your honey!


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