I am always looking for a quick, easy to grab snack; for my clients and for myself. As a busy mom who is always on the go, having something ready, but also nutritious and filling is a must. Below is the recipe for Oatmeal Energy Bites. These are prefect for newly postpartum moms because we can make them in advance and have them ready when they need to grab a quick bite in between feedings and diaper changes.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can add a chocolate hazelnut spread and coconut flakes for a yummy, dessert-like treat. Or, add dried cherries and white chocolate chips for a delightful variation. Just take the base ingredients, and add whatever you like to make a delicious snack that is true to your tastes.
Let’s get the ingredients together. It is important to start with the best ingredients. Raw honey as local as you can get it, dried fruit with no added sugars, organic and non GMO when you can. Give your body the best of the best so it can maximize the nutritional value of what you are eating.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup ground or milled flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (optional)
- 1 cup nut or seed butter
- ½ cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla/almond extract
- ½ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- Dried fruit, chia seeds, nuts or any other add in of your choice.
For my recipe today I increased the flaxseed and left out the brewer’s yeast. I used almond butter as the base, and added chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
Mix all of your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. A stand mixer with paddle attachment can be used here. Once combined, roll the mixture into balls, about a tablespoon or two worth. Put the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator for thirty minutes or so, that is, after you taste one or two (or three!). Once they are set and firm, you can move them into an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, but I doubt they will last that long.
This recipe is one that my toddler and husband approve of, and that is saying something. They can be quite addicting. I’m guilty of grabbing one every time I pass through the kitchen. However, I don’t feel guilty because it is a wholesome, sweet snack without empty calories.
What would you add in yours? Let us know in the comments! Better yet, make it and snap a picture to share with us too!