ENERGY BITES AKA CRACK

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A favorite snack in our home goes by many different names. Energy bites, protein bites, balls of crack……they are all accurate descriptions for these little balls of deliciousness.

I am no nutritionist, but I know these bad boys are full of protein and are the perfect way to stave of hunger during that post lunch/pre-dinner window. They are super simple to make and can be ready to be noshed on in as little as 30 minutes.

There are tons of different recipes for these but today, I am going to share the combination that I enjoy the most.

INGREDIENTS//

1 cup of oats (old fashioned or steel cut – uncooked)

1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup of honey

2-3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1/2 cup of chocolate chips (or the whole bag….no judgement.)

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STEP 1 // Pour all of your ingredients into a bowl. (I really struggled with the spelling of the word “ingredients” just now – thank you spell check!)

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STEP 2 // Mix the ingredients together. You can use a spoon or your hands. I hate the feeling of the goop in my hands so I use a spoon for this part. It is a work out at first but make sure that you get all of the peanut butter and honey mixed through out.

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STEP 3 // Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

STEP 4 // Don your disposable plastic gloves. (You can do this sans gloves but it is really messy and you will have to sprinkle water on to your hands every 2-3 balls to keep them from sticking to your hands.)

STEP 5 // Remove a portion of the mixture and roll it into a ball.

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Work it girl!

DSC_0383.jpgUh oh…. I spy a non-perfectly staged kitchen. GASP! I am a real human!

STEP 6 // Once all of your balls are rolled and on the cookie sheet, place it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. If you are a more patient person, you can put them in the fridge and wait a bit longer. The idea is to get them to harden. I am an impatient person so mine always go into the freezer.

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STEP 7 // Remove from the freezer (or fridge for you more patient folks) and enjoy!

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I store mine in a ziplock back in the fridge. They are so easy to make and the ingredients can be adjusted to your liking. I have seen them made with chia seeds, coconuts shavings, butterscotch chips etc. They will not last long so make sure you snag a few before they get eaten up by the rest of your family!

–  Stephanie

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