What are you “addicted” to? I’m talking about your hyperbole addictions, of course, like when people talk about how they’re “addicted” to vanilla lattes or a favorite pair of skinny jeans. For me, right now, in this first week of April of 2012, my “addictions” are Friday Night Lights on Instant Netflix, the writing jobs section of my local Craigslist and these no-bake energy bites. Seriously, seeing Tim Riggins’ marvelous cheekbones while eating these peanut buttery balls-of-goodness can easily elevate my mediocre Tuesday to a borderline ecstatic day of heavenly joy. I love hyperbole, you guys! AND I LOVE TIM RIGGINS. You’ll be able to live without these energy bites, but once you’ve had them, you may not want to. I can’t speak for your ability to live without Tim Riggins, but luckily there’s five seasons streaming, so that should keep you going for awhile.
These tasty little buggers are healthy (protein! fiber!), tasty (chocolate chips! sunflower seeds!) and the ideal afternoon snack (small! portable!). I’ve seen tons of different recipes for these, so feel free to customize them to your own tastes. I decided to crumble up some banana chips in mine just to get in a little bit more fiber, but small pieces of dried fruit would work well, too.
No-Bake Energy Bites
makes 25 bites
total time: 40 minutes
total hands on time: 10 minutes
What you’ll need:
1 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup shredded coconut or coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup crushed banana chips
What you’ll do:
1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until everything is well incorporated.
2. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
3. Roll into balls.
It’s best to keep the bites refrigerated. They won’t last outside of the fridge for too long, so steal a bite every now and then, or pack a couple in a cooler to take with you on your adventures. I like these because they’re easy and healthy, as well as being kid-friendly (both for making and for eating).