March 15, 2013

Feature Friday - No Bake Energy Bites

I mentioned several weeks ago that we had changed the way we eat around here.  In fact, I plan on writing a big post about it tomorrow to tell you how it's gone and what we've learned.  One challenge was figuring out how to do portable snacks.  I didn't want the processed grab bag snacks, but I needed something we could just take along.  This recipe is a win for that.

This week I tried out a recipe one of my sisters uses and loves.  These no bake energy bites come from Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots right HERE.  There are a billion recipes like this on pinterest, but I liked Maggie's and she talks about lots of ways to do substitutes so you change them up a bit.


Here's what I liked about them.  They were really easy to make.  It takes a few minutes to throw it all in,..... 


....30 minutes to chill, roll it into balls, and you're set.  The boys really liked these.  They are plenty sweet.  There are a few chocolate chips in there too, so the boys think they are eating cookies.


They are loaded with lots of healthy stuff too - flax seed, oatmeal, and peanut butter.  (We use the peanut butter straight from the machines at the health stores so there's no added sugar.)

So it you're looking for a healthy grab-and-go snack, these are a great idea.  The recipe is HERE.  Thanks for sharing it, Maggie.

Thanks for stopping by.

18 comments:

  1. Yum! I thhink I will make these this weekend - but I will use Jif PB =) I cant eat "real" peanut butter, too blah for me....

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  2. I've almost made these a few times, now I definitely will. Another portable snack my kids love are the banana wheat germ mini muffins from the weelicious blog, they do have some flour, though, so not sure if you are completely off the wheat. I look forward to your post about the changes! Thanks!

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  3. I have made these and LOVE them too. I find that they are a little sticky though...does the natural PB make them less sticky? I don't mind when we are home but I know my little man would get so messy if we took them on the go.

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    1. Yes, I would say the natural PB makes them less sticky. Mine were dryer in general than the ones from Maggie's picture, but still definitely sweet enough to please the boys.

      Cheri

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  4. Ive made these several times & love them!

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  5. I'll definitely be trying these! We're also eliminating processed foods and I've found a few treats my son loves. The Burlap Bag has a great cookie recipe using only bananas and oats (we added in cinnamon and chocolate chips). They are best warm. I also love Chocolate Covered Katie's homemade Larabars-Oatmeal Raisin are my favorite (with cinnamon added). I usually shape them in to balls.

    I love the updates on your food journey. Its nice to see how another mom with young kids manages the transition.

    http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/chocolate-covered-recipes/fudge-baby-mania/
    http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/

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  6. Those look really yummy. I need something that I can just pack and eat on the run for me. Once my 10 month old is bigger, he can have them too. I will have to try them sometime soon!

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  7. I just made a double batch of these yesterday! My boys are so in love with them and if put in a cooler during the summer they are a great treat to take to the beach! Happy Friday!

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  8. Health Food Store Peanut Butter ---- ummm, since you're preggers and all, would you please check out this article:

    http://www.wordofwisdomliving.com/home/skips-peanut-butter.html


    Just sign me Old Mother Hubbard.

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  9. We love these at our house too! Kids and adults...doesn't get much better than that right?

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  10. It is very hard for me to eat a bit more healthy when the majority of such recipes that sound deliciously healthy and filled with much needed energy, are filled with peanut butter. My child is severely allergic to peanuts, therefore, we must stay away from nearly all nuts as we are unsure of contamination. I need to figure something out, asap.

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    1. Maybe you could use coconut butter

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    2. Maybe you could use coconut butter

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    3. Trinity!
      You could definitely use coconut butter, in fact I have a completely nut-free energy bites recipe on my blog, Smashed Peas and Carrots, due to so many people having it or having children who have a nut allergy! I feel for you, that is a hard one to work around sometimes!

      XOXO,
      Maggie

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    4. Have you ever heard of Sun Butter? It's made out of sunflower seeds and tastes exactly like peanut butter. My kids have a severe allergy to all kinds of nuts and they love it! I get it at Trader Joe's. You should definitely give it a try!

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  11. Aww! Thanks for the shout out Cheri! I am so glad you are enjoying this recipe! It is a staple at our house and ALWAYS goes quick! PS. you look gorgeous and glowing...I'm so exited for you in your pregnancy!!!

    XOXO,
    Maggie

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  12. I have made these so many times. We love them! I usually keep a container in the freezer. (They are wonderful right from the freezer.) I really like this recipe because of its versatility.
    P.s. I am loving your food journey updates. Its nice to see the average family go through the changes (I mean that in a good way. Sometimes its difficult to follow along with families who have been eating real food for such a long time.) Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I love these... problem is I end up eating the whole batch myself!

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