Friday, September 5, 2014

Freezer Fridays: Energy Bites

Well this week has sure flown by fast! Anybody else agree? After being out of town last weekend, I'm looking forward to enjoying some relaxation this time around. Hopefully getting in the kitchen to create some new recipes to share and getting things done around the house. Oh and enjoying these much cooler temps! It's been pretty hot around here lately.

I make these energy bites quite often at home, they make a really good snack. My oldest loves to have these around to munch on when she's hungry. Just a few will do me good, they can be addicting though. Our batches never seem to last long enough.

Rarely do I ever make the same kind either. This recipe is so versatile that you can add in whatever you're craving or currently have in your pantry. I'm not a big chocolate chip person, some chocolate is good but not too much for me. I balanced the flavors out in this batch by combining coconut, dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips. Other times I've done both chocolate and butterscotch. They've all tasted great!

Use this as a guideline but seriously feel free to adapt it to your tastes. Make up a double batch if you have some extra time {I promise, it won't take long at all!} and store the extras in the freezer. When you're craving something sweet or need a quick snack, take a few out and you'll be happy you had these on hand.

Energy Bites

1 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup raw coconut flakes
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter {I only had chunky on hand this time}
1/3 cup good quality, local honey

In a large bowl combine together oats, coconut, cranberries and chocolate chips. Add in peanut butter and honey. Mix together well. Chill in the fridge for about 20-30 mins.

Remove from fridge and using a small cookie scoop, shape mixture into balls. Place into a container and store in the fridge.

*If freezing, flash freeze for about 20 minutes on cookie sheets. Then transfer energy bites to either a freezer safe container or freezer bag. Make sure to label and date with contents. Store in freezer until ready to enjoy. You may eat while slightly frozen or let thaw for about 15 minutes before enjoying.

Makes about 2 dozen.

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