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No Bake Oat Energy Bites

I am a little late jumping on the bandwagon since these have been around forever, but once I finally tried these bad boys out I not only jumped on the wagon but decided to be the driver!

These energy bites have been lifesavers for me. They are easy to make. They are delicious. They’re healthy. They taste similar to no-bake cookies, but in a good, healthier way.

I know most people suggest having them as an easy snack, so that’s what I tried to do at first. I’m always struggling trying to find something easy, but healthy, for the kids to eat when they get home from school. So I made a batch of these and let them try them.
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I’ll be honest. The kid’s did not like them. Haha. They were a big failure for the kids. The only one who would eat them was Elena, and even then she only took a few bites before throwing them away. (UPDATE: My kids actually love them now, and in fact request that I make them for dessert now!)

I, on the other hand, have become obsessed with them. They are my go-to breakfast.
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I make a double batch every Sunday afternoon and it usually lasts me through the week since I don’t share hehe. My first batch I followed the recipe exactly, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the amount of flaxseed in it. It got stuck to the top of my mouth, gums and teeth. I cut the amount of ground flaxseed in half and just add a little more oats and coconut, and I haven’t run in to the problem since. (Update: I’ve added other seeds like raw hemp seeds and chia seeds to these and they are really yummy. My husband has even shared a few with his friends and they raved about them!)
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If you are looking for a healthy, no-bake oat concoction, this is definitely worth a try!

No Bake Oat Energy Bites
A delicious no-bake energy bite! Easy, healthy snack that will work for those sugar cravings too!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup old fashioned or quick oats
  2. ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  3. ⅓ cup honey
  4. 1 cup coconut flakes
  5. ½ cup ground flaxseed
  6. ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix all above ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Chill in refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Roll into small balls and put in an air-tight container. Store in fridge for up to a week.
Notes
  1. I have added other yummy seeds, such as raw hemp hearts and chia seeds to these. I usually make a triple batch because of my large family, so I just do 1/2 cup flaxseed, 1/2 cup chia seeds, & 1/2 cup raw hemp hearts.
Adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots
My Belle Michelle http://mybellemichelle.com/

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