Since my schedule is so busy with both class and teaching this fall, I’ve been looking for easy, healthy snack items to make in advance to keep me from munching on unhealthy items or from purchasing on-campus food.
I do have my go-to nut jar as well, but I definitely feel the need to mix it up a bit and add a little variety to my snacking habits to keep me on track.
These energy bites fill the need: they’re super healthy, packed with almond butter, coconut oil, chia seeds, and flaxseeds, and then, at the same time, the dark chocolate and maple syrup add a touch of decadence that just make these feel like a treat instead of a typical snack.
The recipe below makes about a dozen, but I will be doubling or tripling it when I make the next batch because these are going fast!
Easy Energy Bites
Makes about 1 dozen
1 cup oats
1/2 cup almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
1-2 tablespoons water, if needed
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until the mixture becomes sticky if pressed together, adding a few tablespoons of water to help if needed.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Form mixture into 1/2 inch balls and place on baking sheet.
Freeze energy bites for one hour and store in the fridge or freezer.
Time: 75 minutes, with freezing time