I found this recipe on Pinterest today. I think they are such a great idea! Lately we've been needing more quick snacks that are easy to grab-and-go, take to work, delicious (of course) and pack a nutrition punch. A couple tweeks to suit our family and we're ready to go!
These PB & J Energy Bites definitely fit the bill.
These are great for kids too! You can use Sunflower Seed butter instead of peanut butter and then they are suitable for lunches at school.
Pop all the ingredients in a food processor and these bites come together in minutes!
I made a couple modifications, like leaving out the flax seed. Instead I used 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1/4 cup hemp hearts. To make them a bit healthier (this time) I swapped the chocolate chips for organic fruit juice sweetened Dried Cranberries. And now we have the J in PB& J!
Chia Seeds are jam (ha!) packed with goodness! They are high in lots of vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium. They are also a great source of fiber, protein and Omega 3's. These are the main reasons I use chia way more than flax. You can read a bit more about Chia Seeds here.
10g fat | |3g fiber | 2 g sugar | 3g protein
PB & J Energy Bites
1 cup Rolled Oats (gluten-free)
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy...I used crunchy)
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (Organic fruit juice sweetened)
1/2 cup Unsweetened shredded Coconut
1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup Chia seed1/4 cup Hemp Hearts
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Option 1: (how I made these)
*Toss all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. Roll into balls approximately 1.5".
*Use a stand mixer, or bowl & spoon to mix all the ingredients together. Roll into balls approximately 1.5".
Note: This recipe makes about 25 bites.
We devoured them today, so I will definitely be doubling this up from now on!