Energy Bites

I don’t know about you, but Energy Bites have been all over my Pinterest as of late.  I’ve even pinned half a dozen of them with the best intentions to give them a try.  Like most of my pinned best intentions, the energy bites were pinned and forgotten.  Then a couple of weeks ago I got an email notifying me of a new blog post from my friend Allison, “Quick and Healthy Energy Bites”.  I decided it was time to give these cute little bites a try.  What I didn’t anticipate was the experiment to follow.

Energy bites appeal to me because they are quick and don’t require any baking, and being that they are bite size make them a good travel snack.  Like I said, there are tons of energy bite recipes on Pinterest, but it was Allison’s blog post that inspired me to finally give them a try.  Allison writes a fun lifestyle and cooking blog, My Favorite-Ings.  Check her out here: https://myfavoriteings.com/

I expected to follow her recipe exactly.  I even bought dark chocolate Hersey chips for my add-in, however, I found myself cringing a little as I was pouring the 1/4 c of honey into the bowl.  Look, I’m not a macro/micro nutrient Nazi, and I don’t believe in counting calories, but I do watch my sugar intake conservatively, even healthy, natural sugar like honey.

So, I took a pause and thought about how to proceed.   I needed to balance out the honey, but with what?  My first thought was an apple, but that’s just more sugar.  Then the ah-ha moment!  Grated veggies!

carrotsRecently, I started a “Build Your Own Salad” night at home.   It’s my lazy way of providing a nutritious meal for the family.   I get all the fixings for a salad and everyone is in charge of making their own salad.  I also buy this package of shredded Organic carrots and beets, like I said, it’s for lazy nights.  As you can see by the leftovers, the carrots and beets are not the fought over at salad night.

But, this became my inspiration for new and improved Healthy Energy Bites.  I already had Allison’s batch mixed together and ready for the chocolate chips.  I nixed that idea, and instead, minced a handful of the shredded beets.  beets gratedI added the beets and rolled the batter into 18 energy balls.  This being my first attempt I think I made the bites a little bigger than they are intended, which is how I only got 18 bites.

Now I was ready for try a low sugar version.  I knew I needed a wetter base to sub for the 1/4 c of honey.  Banana!  I mashed up the banana, and added the other ingredients, including 1/4 c of grated carrot and 1 Tbsp of sunflower seeds.

carrots grated

I let both batches chill in the fridge for an hour and was thrilled upon tasting them.  They were sweet, and salty and had veggies!!  But, my pallet is primed for healthy food, and I happen to love the taste of beets and carrots.  The true test would be my daughter who hates both beets and carrots.  She was due home from a sleepover anytime.

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I didn’t tell her what the ingredients were, just to taste them both and tell me what she thought.  She said, I already know I’m going to like the one one right because it has berries in it.  😉  Not only did she like both, but was surprised to find out the first one had beets, not berries.  Success!!

I will absolutely be making these again, in fact, likely in bulk for our upcoming family trip to Napa.  They are gluten-free, vegan, healthy and guilt free!!  Here are the instructions:

Honey Almond Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 c. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (option for gluten free)
  • 1/4 c. Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/4 c. Almond Butter
  • 1/4 c. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • Pinch of Salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 c. grated beets

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Roll into small bite size balls and place on lined cookie sheet
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  4. Enjoy

Banana Oat Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 c. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (option for gluten free)
  • 1/4 c. Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/4 c. Almond Butter
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Sunflower seeds
  • Pinch of Salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 c. grated carrot

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Roll into small bite size balls and place on lined cookie sheet
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  4. Enjoy

For more tips, tricks and energy bite recipes, be sure to visit Allison’s blog: https://myfavoriteings.com/.

Thanks for reading!

Heidi

6 Comments

  1. How do you keep them cold for travel? I’m thinking about these for an upcoming trip (flight) to the west coast and would love to pack these. What would you suggest?

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    1. They are chilled to bind the ingredients together. You can take them on the flight without having to keep them chilled. Maybe pack them in a small Tupperware so they don’t get smashed in your purse/carry on.

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