Yesterday, my sister came over to my house to hang out. Every times she comes over, it always seems like we end up making something in the kitchen together. Usually, it's a super fatty treat (the little evil guy on my shoulder was shouting - make cupcakes! Make cupcakes!). But I've been trying to eat way healthier lately (curse you Candy Hearts & Cadbury Mini Eggs), so we opted for this little treat.
I originally had kind of a general recipe in my head, but then...it became just kind of a "dump-everything-I-had-in-my-pantry-that-was-healthyish-into-a-bowl" kind of recipe. Which sometimes, actually works out for the best.
Even better? They are super yummy! Yes healthy, but I dare you to not want to eat the whole batch of them (don't do that like I wanted to..or it kind of defeats the purpose of the "healthy" part of it). They ARE high in good fats for you, though. So eat, up my friends. Get some of these bites in ya belly, why dontcha!?
I dubbed these.....(a mouthful I know)
SUPER YUMMY SUPER HEALTHY ENERGY BITES
**Makes about 24 Small Bite Sized Balls
1/2 Cup Fresh Ground Almond Butter (I like the fresh stuff at Whole Foods you can grind yourself)
1/2 Cup Fresh Peanut Butter (you can use canned too...either way)
1/4 Cup Honey
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Cup Oatmeal (ground up in blender)
1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
1/4 Cup Cranberries
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds (unsalted)
1/2 Cup Granola (ours had almonds & walnuts already in it, which is yummier too!)
1/3 Cup Flax or Chia Seeds
Get a huge bowl to start. Scoop in the Almond & Peanut Butters into the bowl. Then add the honey & cinnamon to it and stir. Grind the oatmeal in a blender for about 30 seconds (just until its smooth, like flour). Gently pour the oatmeal into the mixture and keep stirring. You CAN put it in Kitchenaid Blender if you want..but they are pretty easy to stir once you get going. Then, just dump everything else into the mix and keep stirring until it starts to form a thick yummy gooey mess (technical term).
Next, just roll into small bite size balls. Take a cookie sheet, cover it with parchment paper, and place the balls on the sheet. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Then ENJOY!
Easy peasy! Don't they look scrump-diddly-umptious?
Thanks Willy Wonka for that awesome word, by the way.
I'll probably freeze some of mine and take them out every once in a while. They are dang yummy & I feel much better popping one of these in my mouth than an entire Cadbury Egg. Although..who am I kidding...that will probably happen sooner than I like to admit.
These are great to eat if you're having a sweet or salty craving...or to pop in your mouth at night after a workout...or if you're just sitting in front of the TV watching The Bachelor. Hey..no judgment here!
I miss you guys - hope everything is going well! Stop by & comment so I know how you are! I've been a little MIA, I know!