Easy Energy Bites

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A few months ago, Bob asked if I could make a snack for him that would replace his daily Clif Bar.  I did a little research on different variations of snack bars, and adjusted ingredients for what we keep at home.

These are healthy, tasty, and insanely easy to pull together.  Every time I make them, I change it up just a bit.  This way each batch is unique.  You really can’t go wrong.  If you don’t have something I listed, use something else.  Use ingredients you enjoy.  Experiment!

Energy Bites

  • 1 3/4 c. gluten-free oats
  • 1/4 c. raw, unsalted pepitas (or other seed/nut of choice)
  • 1/4 c. raw, unsalted sunflower seeds (or other seed/nut of choice)
  • 1/4 c. chia seeds (or ground flax seed)
  • 1/4 c. almond or quinoa flour
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 c. nut/seed butter
  • 1 t. vanilla extract (or try maple, coconut or almond extract)
  • spices to taste (try cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao, maca . . . )
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened dried grated coconut (can mix in or reserve to use as a coating after rolling balls of the dough)
  • a bit of liquid to achieve consistency desired (milk, nut milk, coconut milk, water)
  • 1/2 c. optional add-ins:  raisins, chocolate chips, dried cherries, etc.
  • if desired (I usually omit this), sweetener to taste (honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, stevia)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Continue mixing/mashing together until there is a dough-like consistency.  Form bite-size balls.  If dried coconut was reserved, roll balls in coconut to coat them.  Store in the refrigerator.

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  1. [...] Chia seeds have a slightly nutty flavor, but unless I’m eating them plain, I can’t taste them.  I eat them everyday by mixing them with my oatbran for breakfast.  I add them to smoothies, since they thicken to a gel-like state when combined with any liquid.  I also include them in my energy bites. [...]

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