Almond Butter Energy Bites

imageWe LOVE almond butter!  I came up with this idea because I wanted to make a snack inspired by the flavors in an Almond Joy candy bar, only a little healthier if possible.  The BFF (Jen) had recently made some peanut butter, honey, and oat squares, so I riffed on that concept.  I love it because like many of the other “recipes” I’ve shared here, it’s really just a starting point.  I’ll share the ratios that helped me achieve the consistency I was looking for.  You can customize as much as you want to get the texture and flavors that suit you best.

Keep reading to find out how!

-Viv

PREVIEW:

Measure out your “dry” ingredients in a bowl.

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Measure your nut butter and sweetener and heat in microwave-safe dish JUST until pourable.

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Stir it all together and shape by hand into bite-size balls.

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RECIPE:

Makes 16 “bites.”  Calories per bite:  117, Protein:  2g, Fat:  7g, Fiber: 1g

INGREDIENTS:

Dry:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Wet:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Heat the almond butter and honey in a microwave-safe dish until just pourable.  (Work in 20-second increments.  You don’t want it too runny or too hot, or you won’t be able to shape the “dough” and you’ll melt the chocolate chips.)
  3. Pat the mixture into a rough disc in the bottom of the bowl, and cut it into 4 wedges.  Cut each wedge in half, and then in half again, so you end up with 16 equal portions.
  4. Shape each portion into a ball, transfer to a sealable container, and store in the refrigerator.

CUSTOMIZE IT!

  • For a tree-nut free version, use peanut butter instead of almond butter and chopped peanuts instead of almonds.  When I do this, I also use crisped rice cereal in place of the coconut.
  • I haven’t tried this yet, but now I’m thinking a “peanut butter and jelly” variation would be fun! Do the tree-nut free version above, but use chopped dried strawberries (the chewy kind, not the crunchy freeze-dried kind) instead of chocolate chips and strawberry preserves instead of honey.
  • Use any liquid sweetener you like!  You could try agave or maple syrup.
  • If your bites are too dry or dense for your liking, use more of the wet ingredients and/or less of the dry ones.  Do the reverse if they’re too gooey for you.
  • In addition to adjusting the texture, you can customize the flavors.  Use more or less sweetener to your liking.  Experiment with different ingredients.  You could add protein powder for a nutritional kick.  You could add chia or flax seeds for a boost of omega 3s and fiber.  You could use different nut or seed butters if you have an allergy or sensitivity.  You could use carob chips or different flavored chips, or omit or substitute them for dried fruit or something else. Just make sure you have approximately 1.5 cups of dry ingredients and 3/4 cups of wet ingredients.
  • You can also make the bites bigger or smaller, according to your preference.

 Have fun with this one; we know we did.  Let us know if you come up with any winning combinations, because of course, WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

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