This year I wanted to commit to making more food at home, including snacks. We all know how easy it is to grab something on the go and it will give us short term energy but won’t really last.
I found a recipe online for a great energy bite and adjusted it according to what I had on hand! Cheaper than Whole Foods and it’ll give you energy to get through your morning or afternoon when you need a pick me up!
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
1 & 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (I really think you can use whatever you have on hand, but the old fashioned oats are denser and higher in fibre so they’ll probably give you more ernergy!)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (or sometimes I use organic puffed rice)
1/2 cup walnuts toasted (or any nut really) I put the half cup in a sandwich bag and used a rolling pin to ground finely
1/4 cup chocolate chips (you could also substitute cranberries here)
2/3 cup of smooth organic peanut butter (or almond butter if you prefer) -no sugar filled peanut butter here!
1/3 cup honey (or you could substitute agave)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, stir to combine! Use a spoon or get in there with your hands.
* Cover bowl and place in fridge for 15 to 30 minutes so it’s easier to form into balls.
* Scoop out mixture with hands or small spoon, form into balls
* Place on parchment paper on baking sheet (I didn’t want to waste the parchment so placed them directly on the baking sheet)
* Chill in fridge 1 hour or until set
* Place in air tight container, store in fridge – I froze half, as I am trying to have less waste this year and make sure we are eating what we have.
TOTAL COUNT: 24 Energy Bites
Really hard to break this down as these were ingredients I already had in my baking items. Looking at the cost of each item I could estimate how much I used of each to get the cost.
17 CENTS per energy bite! Now that’s a deal. Why would you spend $4 on 4 granola bars filled with preservatives and sugar when in 30 minutes you could have healthy, homemade energy bites!