7.16.2012

No-Bake Energy Bites

I've actually heard them called 'gorilla poops'. What a great way to start out a blog post, eh? I'm sure we all needed that mental image right about now.

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.

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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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13 comments:

  1. Visiting from Mandy's Recipe Box... these look delicious! Do you think you could use quinoa? I have quite a bit and we're not huge fans of the traditional preparation. Ideas are appreciated!

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  2. I will be making this tomorrow, most definitely. Can't wait!

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  3. You will love this when the manchild has to take treats to Cub Scouts and he's told you 5 minutes before you leave. I put the ground up flax in oatmeal, meatloaf, anything... POP one of these in the mail for me!

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  4. thanks for linking up! hope to see you next week!

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  5. Hello Mandy,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I am excited to give it a try. I buy some similar yummy bites at our local health food store. Making them at home would save us some money. ;o)
    Smiles, Paula

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  6. These look delish. Any idea on what to sub for the coconut? I can't stand the stuff but these look so good. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe was chosen to be on Today's Feature Post from Cast Party Wednesday! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us! ---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain--- http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=31910

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  8. Yup that was quite the mental picture:-) Probably better stick with energy bites!!! They do sound super yummy though!!!

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  9. These were SO SO SO good! I keep sneaking bites while I was making them. It reminds me so much of cookie dough, so obviously it is irresistible to my taste buds :)

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  10. Can you tell me the how many calories, protein...etc is in these? They look delicious and I can't wait to make them. Thanks!

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  11. I made these last night. I made some changes to the recipe. I used almond butter instead of pb and flax seed (not ground) I also sprinkled a little kosher salt on the formed balls. Everyone in my family loved these! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  12. I am starting a Gluten-Free Share Page on OneCreativeMommy.com. Today was my first post. I would love it if you visited and linked up some of your great ideas. I don’t mind if they are free or if they are items to buy. We’re all looking for ideas! I hope to see you there.

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  13. So another great thing about ground flax seeds is that you get more nutrients from them. The outer shell of the whole flax seeds doesn't break down when you eat/digest it, so you don't get any of the healthy vitamins and oils on the inside and it comes out in pretty much the same condition as it went in.

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