Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bites

There are a lot of recipes out there for energy bites, so I thought I'd share my version! My husband and I like to joke that "energy bites" is quite the euphemism for "high-calorie food" but whatever. They taste great, loaded with healthy stuff, and as long as eaten in moderation they really are a great, compact source of nutrients and energy. I think they are great to take hiking or any time you are on the go. My kids and I sometimes pop a few before gymnastics. 

Every time I make energy bites they are a bit different because they really are so adaptable. Cranberry and pistachio are a regular mix though--some of our favorites. :)

Whip up a batch and enjoy! 

Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bites
1 c. dry oatmeal, old-fashioned or quick
2/3 c. coconut flakes, preferably toasted
1/2 c. nut butter (I usually use peanut due to my kids' preferences, but almond is my favorite)
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. shelled pistachios 
1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
scant 1/3 c. honey or real maple syrup
1 Tbsp. chia seeds, ground flax seeds or wheat germ for added nutrition (opt.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or almond or coconut extract)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and chill for about an hour so that it is easier to roll into balls. Once rolled into balls, store in the fridge. You can add more oats or nut butter if you need it more dry or more soft.

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