Maura’s Energy Bites

The recipe for my delicious & healthy energy bites

Because this is an all-time favorite of mine, I made this my first post. This is not only a delicious snack, it is actually healthy in many ways!

Sometimes, I just feel like snacking but I don’t want to eat something that is not good for me because I know that will also make me crave for more and more and leave me super tired with my after-sugar dip. That’s why I came up with these energy bites. I have seen many recipes on the internet, but after trying most of them, I have finally made my own recipe, which of course I like best!

First, I will describe every ingredient that I have used, and explain why it is good for your health. I think it’s good to know what is in your food in order to make a well-considered decision about what you eat and why. Consciously feed the body instead of just filling it. Try it out, read why I have chosen the following ingredients en see how you like it to enjoy the final product with the knowledge that you are nourishing your body.

So let’s talk about the healthy ingredients I use for my energy bites

  • First, rolled oats. We all know oatmeal is a healthy choice, and even people that don’t like oats told me they do in these energy bites! Oats are healthy because they contain a lot of fiber, and also vitamin B1, Zinc, Magnesium, and Iron. In the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), oats belong to the metal element, that is the element of fall, and provides warmth to the body.
  • Coconut flakes and coconut oil are a good source of energy and have antibacterial properties. It gives the Energy Bites a creamy but solid (when chilled) texture and adds some sweetness. TCM believes that coconut strengthens the spleen and stomach function, and also has warming properties.
  • Flaxseed contains more (anti-inflammatory) omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids. Too much of omega-6 prevents the acting of omega-3. A healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 should be 1:2. Since most people consume far more omega-6 than omega-3, flaxseed is a great addition! Also, according to TCM, flaxseed is supposed to restore moisture to the body and helps with dryness complaints during/caused by fall.
  • Besides the great, rich taste, dark chocolate (75% or more) has many health benefits. It contains antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and iron. In addition, dark chocolate contains some caffeine and will make you feel happy! Also, it won’t cause huge spikes in your blood sugar levels because it has a low glycemic index. I haven’t found good quality dark chocolate chips, so I just buy a piece of chocolate and cut it into chunks.
  • A little bit of salt will intensify sweetness and can also counteract bitter flavors in food. Because refined salt contains chemicals and processing additives which do nothing good for your health, I like to use Celtic sea salt. Celtic sea salt is unrefined and contains 72 trace minerals. It does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, or any other additives. The many energy bite recipes I have tried never contained any salt. I started adding it very soon, but sometimes I forgot because it was not in the original recipe, and I immediately got complaints about this batch tasted less good than the last batch I made, so don’t forget! Just a little bit will make a huge difference.
  • Although peanut butter is high in fat, it contains more unsaturated than saturated fat, meaning, it is a great source of healthy fats. It also contains protein and fiber. These three make you feel fuller for longer and will give you lots of energy. Peanut butter also contains potassium, antioxidants, magnesium, and some zinc. Make sure to buy (or make!) a natural peanut butter made of only peanuts. Non-natural peanut butters can contain sugar and artificial ingredients that we don’t need. From a TCM perspective, peanuts benefit the stomach and spleen, the organs associated with the Earth element, the basic of all five elements.
  • To add a little sweetness, I used some rice syrup. Its light nutty flavor goes perfectly with the other ingredients. Also, it contains some fiber, sodium, and potassium. Because these nutrients were preserved, the sugars will be absorbed slower, which maintains your energy and prevents a sugar-dip and cravings for more sweets.
  • Finally, I chose vanilla extract to give the energy bites an even richer taste. Vanilla extract is made of vanilla beans and some alcohol. If you don’t want to use it, you can leave it out or substitute with scraped vanilla bean. Vanilla does contain antioxidants and has an amazing aroma.

    Always try to buy organic when possible, that does not contain all the pesticides and toxics that that non-organic products probably do contain.

 

Now you know everything about the great and healthy ingredients, you can finally start making the Energy Bites! 

 

Maura's Energy Bites
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Maura's Energy Bites

Sometimes, I just feel like snacking but I don’t want to eat something that is not good for me because I know that will also make me crave for more and more and leave me super tired with my after-sugar dip. That’s why I came up with these energy bites. I have seen many recipes on the internet, but after trying most of them, I have finally made my own recipe, which of course I like best!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 25 Bites

Ingredients

  • cup  quick cooking rolled oats
  • cup  fine grated coconut flakes
  • 1/2  cup  ground flaxseed
  • 1/2  cup  dark chocolate  cut into chunks
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2  cup  peanut butter  or other nut butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil liquid
  • 1-2  tbsp rice syrup  can substitute with honey
  • tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly incorporated
  3. Roll and squeeze into snack size balls
  4. Store in the fridge for an hour

Recipe Notes

The energy bites can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week, but probably won’t make it that far 😉 

Enjoy!

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Energy Bites

Maura’s Energy Bites

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