Ryan said his Mom called these volcano cookies. She used to shape them into little mounds, and poke holes down the middle with the end of a wooden spoon - must have raised all boys :) Cute idea!
This recipe is the healthier version. I saw these on Pinterest a while back, and thought they looked delicious. However, I thought they'd taste less-awesome than my beloved childhood 'microwave cocoa cookies'. I mean, how could they? There's no butter and sugar! Thankfully, I was wrong, and they taste just as wonderful! I stand corrected.
I've never worked with flax seed before. I'm so glad I was on the phone with my Mom when I was buying it at the store. I was about to buy whole flax seed, instead of ground. She recommended I buy ground, and it was a good move. The ground state of the flax seed helped it blend it perfectly with the peanut butter and honey - versus having crunchy chunks of seed in every bite. I couldn't taste it in the mixture at all, but I was happy to know I was getting the extra nutrients it provides with each tasty bite.
When Ryan came home from work today, I popped one of these in his mouth without telling him it was "healthy" - he loved them! When he headed to the law school (to stay until late, surprise-surprise), I saw him pack a few Energy Bites for later (that's a good sign). I think the manchild loved these as much, maybe even more, than Ryan. And I didn't mind giving him a couple :) I mean, check out those ingredients!
Another awesome thing about this recipe is that you can add in all kinds of healthy things like chopped dried fruits, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, cashews, and other types of chocolate. The possibilities are deliciously endless.
No-Bake Energy Bites
2 C dry, old fashioned, oatmeal
1 1/3 C toasted coconut flakes
1 C peanut butter
1 C ground flaxseed
1 C chocolate chips (optional)
2/3 C honey
2 t vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer bowl. With paddle attachment, and the mixer on a low setting, mix until everything is just combined. Remove bowl from mixer, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. After it's chilled through, roll into 1-inch balls. Store in an airtight container, in refrigerator.
Recipe adapted from Smashed Peas & Carrots
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