Monday, March 19, 2012

No-Bake Protein Energy Bites


It's hard not to admit there are definitely "food trends".  This is a trend I saw all over pinterest so figured I had to give it a shot.  Sure enough, they are pretty darn great. An easy way to get a sweet dose of protein, especially when you know your diet can lack it at times, like mine.  You can use a number of different ingredients to make these your own.  For instance, I have a special place for butterscotch so I used them in my mix instead of chocolate. Oh, and did I mention you don't even have to bake these? Awesome.  They're a great snack-on-the-go!

Ingredients:


-1 cup rolled oats (dry oatmeal, but not instant)
-1 cup coconut flakes
-1/2 cup butterscotch chips
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1 cup flaxseed (whole or ground)
-1/8 cup agave nectar
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 cup crushed cashews



Stir all ingredient together in a large mixing bowl.










WET YOUR HANDS before forming the balls in your palms.  You may have to re-wet them every few balls...it helps with the stickiness.  You can also chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Way too sticky? Add more oats.  Too dry and won't stick? add more peanut butter, agave nectar or a little water.  I found squeezing a handful tightly in my hand made it stick and then I formed the shape by rolling in my palms.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!



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