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)