No Bake Energy Bites 3 Ways!

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We made 3 versions of these 🍪 No Bake Cookie Energy Bites 🍪 the other day to get more healthy fats in AND ward off the cookie cravings… instead of eating the sugar-laden granola bars we used to rely on! (Plus they are free of gluten, dairy and refined sugars!!)

👉Cinnamon Raisin
👉Chocolate Brownie
👉Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

😍MOMWIN: We had enough to stock in the freezer too 😉 Between my 4 year old, my husband and I they really don’t last long! I think because they taste like the No Bake Cookies we were used to eating back before trying to make our food choices a little healthier.

But eventually we just got sick and tired of being SICK and TIRED all the time, and figured we needed to find easier ways to get our health back under control as a busy family😊 And these cookies are full of healthy fats that keep our energy up, brains focused and metabolism going strong! They are great for nursing mamas also.

Which flavor would your family like best?

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NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES

Servings: 12 (two bites each)
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup old-fashioned oats  (Grind up oats in blender for a smoother fudge-like texture, or leave whole for a more granola-like texture)
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter (or cashew butter if you like a more chocolatey taste)
1/4 cup ground flax seed or wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional (use dairy free if needed)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Use enough water to make the dough rollable but not sticky! Refrigerate dough for 10 mins to make it more rollable if needed.
2. Roll into balls about 3/4″ in diameter.
3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

FOR CINNAMON RAISIN VERSION:
Sub raisins for chocolate chips and add 2 tsp cinnamon.

 

NO BAKE BROWNIE ENERGY BITES

Servings: 12 (two bites each)
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup old-fashioned oats  (Grind up oats in blender for a smoother fudge-like texture, or leave whole for a more granola-like texture)
2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛-¼ cup water
2 drops Doterra Peppermint oil, optional (to make Thin Mint-Style cookies!)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Use enough water to make the dough rollable but not sticky! Refrigerate dough for 10 mins to make it more rollable if needed.
2. Roll into balls about 3/4″ in diameter.
3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Source: www.cortneygraham.com

 

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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My grandma always made these Chocolate/Peanut Butter treats at Christmas time when I was growing up, and they are actually pretty simple to “healthify” to remove a lot of the refined sugar and carbs!

I’ve given these Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls for Christmas gifts the past few years, and everyone ends up raving over them, even after I tell them they’re pretty healthy! I think they will be a good Valentine’s treat too, so I’m pulling out the recipe and wanted to share it with you all!

WARNING: They are addictive! Even when I try to hide them in the back of the freezer, they disappear within a week. (Mainly by my own doing! Life is all about balance right?) You really can’t get much better than chocolate and peanut butter!

HEALTHIER CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
Yield: 15 balls

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup natural smooth peanut butter (just peanuts & salt)
4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 cup whole wheat or Gluten Free brown rice flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, stir peanut butter and maple syrup until it thickens up.
  2. Add salt, then stir in flour ¼ cup at a time to reach a doughy texture that isn’t too sticky to roll. (Add a bit of water if it’s too crumbly!)
  3. Shape into small balls and place onto baking sheet covered with wax or parchment paper.
  4. In a small pot, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil over low heat stirring frequently.
  5. Once melted, remove chocolate from heat and dip the balls using a fork or toothpick. Tap off excess chocolate into the pan.
  6. Put finished buckeye balls in the freezer for 15 minutes until firm.
  7. If you have any left, store in the freezer or refrigerator!

PS Did you know Quinoa is a SUPERFOOD? It’s a grain that’s packed with protein, and the flour is perfect in this recipe. Want more SUPERFOOD SWEETS &  TREATS ideas? Just comment below!