My neighbor, great friend and new mom to her second kid just celebrated her birthday. Knowing sleep is likely down and that she is a healthy eater who loves new recipes I though these would be the perfect gift to send her way! If you are on pinterest you may have seen the picture of these floating around. Well now it’s time to try them!
I first made a batch of these bites in November and I have since recreated them two more times. Each time varying them based on what is in my pantry. I’m so thrilled with the taste, flavor and whole ingredients that go into this granola like energy ball. I can not wait until our little one eats nut butters so she can enjoy some of their deliciousness too!
Below is the coconut, flax, chocolate chip variation I made for the birthday girl. I also put a few comments on things you can substitue or ideas to adjust them as well. I’ve also heard there is a variation where you add a little whole grain flour to make them taste more like cookie dough. YUM! I’ll definitely be trying that one in the future.
Ingredients (makes ~14-16 bites)
- 1/2 cup of almond butter (I’ve also used peanut butter. Any nut butter will do)
- 1/3 cup honey (Best part! I had fresh honey from my Aunt & Uncles Bee’s out in Colorado. It honestly made a difference in the flavor this time. Much more flavorful)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 3/4-1 cup coconut flakes (I had raw coconut and chopped it but any unsweetened coconut will do. Sweetened would work too but you really don’t need them any sweeter)
- 1/3 cup ground flaxseed (you could also try hemp seed)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Mix the nut butter, honey and vanilla extract (they should blend easily but if not you can heat it for 10 or so seconds to melt it down to blend easier)
- Add remaining ingredients. and mix until everything is incorporated.
- Refrigerate for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy. Store in the fridge and they will be fresh for a week!
Other ideas. Add nuts or dried fruit instead of flax seed, chocolate chips or in place of coconut. I think my next ones I’m going to do with dried cherries (because as you can probably see from my blog recipes I have an obsession with them). They are ~150 calories per bite (give or take). The nice thing is they are a whole grain rich with omega 3’s and a great snack to give you energy (and a your taste buds a party) between meals or after a meal to satisfy your sweet tooth!