YUM. If you’re lookin’ for snacks to keep around for the kiddos, or quick grab-n-go workout fuel – HERE YA GO!
We LOVE these types of energy bites at our house! They’re incredibly simple to make (even the kids can learn to easily throw them together, and add THEIR own favorite spin on things)!
EXCELLENT post-workout fuel, and also great for just a quick snack, or even a speedy breakfast in a hurry! These types of homemade energy bites pack lots of flavor and nutrients that are beneficial for active adults, growing children, and teens.
I try to keep a bunch in the fridge and freezer in sealed containers.
Nut butter naturally contains healthy fat, protein, and antioxidants. So besides being an EXCELLENT healthy snack choice, this combination actually helps to manage cravings and feeling satisfied.
If you’re allergic to nuts, many readers are telling me that these turn out great when replacing the peanut butter for often allergy-friendly, sun butter.
2 protein energy bites or balls each day as a snack is a perfect serving size.
How To Make Oat Flour
Oat flour is the simplest flour to make at home, using whole rolled oats (old fashioned oats) and your high speed blender or food processor.
2 cups of whole rolled oats equals about a cup of oat flour, or maybe a bit more, depending on how finely you grind it.
You may have to stop your machine and move the flour around with a spoon.
Process for at least 1 minute. You want your flour to be as finely and uniformly ground as possible.
Also, sweetness factor is such a very personal preference, so you may want to use less or more maple syrup/honey, depending on YOUR family’s specific taste preferences.
makes 10-12 balls
1-1/2 cups oat flour, or ground oats
1 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, or raw honey
6 tsps no sugar added strawberry or raspberry jam
In a mixing bowl add your ground oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Stir thoroughly to combine well.
Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll it between your palms into a ball.
Using your thumb shape it like a bird’s nest (as shown in the photos), so you create space for the filling.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon of jam in the center of each nest, then gently wrap and mold the peanut butter mixture around to close the ball.
Repeat with remaining dough and jam. You should have about 10-12 balls once finished.
Refrigerate 30 minutes then serve.
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 10 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.