As a mom of two, life is often quite hectic. The Fruitaholic is on Spring Break this week and the Husby is working so in order to keep from killing each other, I’ve made sure that we stayed super busy. So busy, in fact, that I completely forgot about this week’s swap until Sarah posted a reminder. With what felt like every minute of every day scheduled and no vacation in sight, I had little time nor motivation to cozy up in the kitchen so I picked something I knew would be super quick and easy to make in what little time I found myself with.
Fortunately, these energy bites fit perfectly into our busy lifestyle. Most days we’re rushing out the door to get the Fruitaholic to school on time, which means I barely have time to put on clean clothes let alone eat anything for breakfast. Lunch is pretty much the same: The Fruitaholic eats at school and I run errands with the Baby Burrito while he’s there so I inevitably end up running through a drive-thru before our next activity.
But tossing a couple of these into my bag before we leave for the day is about as quick and easy as it gets. And it definitely doesn’t hurt that they’re really good and infinitely adaptable. I’m going to try chopped almonds and dates in the next batch.
Jen, I totally owe you a ‘real’ recipe since I took the easy way out but I’m glad that I found something new to help ease the craziness of my life right now!
- 1 Cup Coconut Flakes
- 1 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1/3 Cup Ground Flaxseed
- 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
Add the coconut flakes to a skillet and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, 4-5 minutes.
Add the oats, toasted coconut, flaxseed and chocolate chips to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle. Stir, then add the peanut butter, honey and vanilla and mix until well combined. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Using a cookie scoop, form the mixture into balls. Store the bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Slightly adapted from Becoming Pigzilla