DIY Energy Snacks Even Clueless Chefs Can Make
The next time you’re hungry and dragging, skip the vending machine and try one of these healthy, energizing bites instead. The following recipes feature power-up ingredients like chia seeds, peanut butter and dates. Best of all, they’re quick to make and don’t require an oven! Whip up a batch today and let us know what you think.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup old-fashioned oats
½ cup ground flaxseed
½ cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Scoop mixture into 1 inch balls and they’re ready to eat. They will last for three days at room temperature, two weeks in the refrigerator or one month in the freezer.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 18 servings): 136 calories, 7.8g fat, 2.1g saturated fat, 3.4g protein, 15g carbohydrates, 41.9mg sodium
Wellness Energy Bars
1/3 cup nuts (cashews, almonds, etc.)
¼ cup whole dates (remove pits)
¼ cup raisin
Dash of cinnamon
Chop nuts into small pieces in a food processor, then dump them into a bowl. Put dates and raisins into food processor and pulse until mixture clumps into a playdough-like consistency. Add the mixture to the nuts and mix the ingredients together by hand. Roll out between two sheets of wax paper until it’s about ½-inch thick. Cut into four bars and store in refrigerator until ready.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 4 servings): 129 calories, 5.9g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 3.1g protein, 19g carbohydrates, 1.5mg sodium
Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites
½ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener (or an equivalent amount of another sugar replacement)
1 pasteurized egg, lightly beaten
1 cup almond flour
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup unflavored protein powder
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 tablespoons coconut flour
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Melt coconut oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in cocoa powder and sweetener, then whisk in egg and cook on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, shredded coconut, protein powder, chopped nuts and coconut flour. Stir into saucepan until combined. Roll mixture into 16 balls with your hands.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 16 servings): 163 calories, 11.8g fat, 5.8g saturated fat, 9.6g protein, 11.7g carbohydrates, 62.3mg sodium
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