Loaded with the nutrition of oatmeal and flaxseed, this recipe for Energy Bites is quick, easy, and delicious. When you have a batch of these Energy Bites on hand, you can offer your family snacks that will help them feel better.
Everyone is busy these days, and often nutrition is one of the first categories that suffer in the family. When life gets chaotic, it is usually so much easier to run through the drive-through or even pick up a box of prepackaged snacks for the kids. Baking cookies? That takes too much time. Dinner from scratch? Can’t we just throw a frozen pizza in the oven instead? Balanced diet? Does that mean a doughnut in both hands?
Energy Bites Recipe
Packed with the goodness of flaxseed, oats, and peanut butter, this recipe for Energy Bites is easy to make and can supply quick, portable, and nutritious snacks for the whole family.
Cookie Dough Scooper
- ⅔ cup Peanut Butter
- ½ cup Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- ½ cup Flax Seed Meal sometimes called ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp Honey
Measure the oats, flaxseed meal, and honey into a medium-sized bowl and stir these to combine them. Add the peanut butter and stir the mixture. Add the chocolate chips and stir it again.
It should make a pasty kind of dough mixture. If there are dry sections that won’t stir into the dough ball, add a little more peanut butter, about a teaspoon at a time, to moisten the mixture.
Stir it until it is completely mixed. Refrigerate the mixture for about fifteen minutes. Remove from the fridge and begin to shape the mixture into balls.
You can use a cookie dough scooper, a melon baller, or just scoop it out in your hands and roll them into balls that are about the size of a walnut. Place the dough balls into a container with a tightly fitting lid with a bit of space between each of the balls. Store covered at room temperature for up to a week.
It can feel impossible to keep track of all of the balls that most parents are juggling, so having healthy snacks on hand can typically feel like one more battle that parents don’t want to have to fight. That is why having quick, easy, and healthy recipes like this one for Energy Bites is important. Rather than pointing to the bags of potato chips in the pantry, parents can help the kids prepare this recipe and keep them around for when the kids are too hungry to wait for dinner to be done.
This recipe has only a handful of ingredients. These ingredients are easy to find in the store and keep on hand. The only dishes that you will need to create this recipe are a mixing bowl, a stirring spoon, measuring cups, and a container in which you can store the Energy Bites. This recipe is so easy that even a small child can create it. No knives, can openers, or ovens are needed and it will only take a few minutes to create it.
Our recipe is loaded with all sorts of ingredients that help keep the body healthy.
Oatmeal is the main ingredient by volume. Oatmeal is a powerhouse of nutrition. This grain is gluten-free and loaded with manganese, phosphorous, and magnesium. It also has a decent amount of iron and B vitamins.
Oats also have more protein and fat than many other grains. Oatmeal is one of the most nutrient-dense foods that you can eat. Oats have been proven to lower the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and improving one’s blood sugar levels.
Flaxseed meal is another great ingredient in this recipe. Flaxseed was grown in the middle east and China for centuries. At this time in history, flax was grown mostly for its stalks, which were processed into linen. However, for modern people, flaxseed is now a popular seed that provides many benefits to the human body.
Flaxseeds are packed with antioxidants. These chemicals can help prevent cancer by removing free radicals from the body. Flaxseeds are also loaded with Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3 Fatty Acids help with brain health as well as lowering the risk of many kinds of cancer. Flaxseed meal is a great ingredient that is loaded with fiber which can help lower cholesterol and improve one’s digestion. Some studies also indicate that flaxseed may help improve arthritis, help with blood sugar issues, and improve menopausal symptoms.
Peanut butter was invented by George Washington Carver and patented by the Kellogg Company in 1895. While many people are allergic to peanuts, for those who are not allergic, this spread can be an easy source of protein and fat. Every 100 grams of peanut butter has 20 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of protein, and 50 grams of fat.
This nutritional profile means that inexpensive, easy to find peanut butter is a wonderful plant-based source of protein. However, you should choose carefully when you are buying peanut butter. Many brands of peanut butter have additional ingredients like sugars, oils, and preservatives. To get the best peanut butter, read the labels. Basically, you want to pick a brand that has nothing but peanuts and salt in the rich, creamy spread.
If you are allergic to peanuts, you can replace the peanut butter in this recipe with another nut spread. Sunflower or almond butter would be excellent substitutes in this recipe for Energy Bites.
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