Every time I visit my favorite health spots (i.e. Pressed Juicery, Juice Served Here, Cafe Gratitude), I always leave with little extras…. a bottle of kombucha (that I already have at home…), a juice shot (as in, drink it like a shot….), and energy bites. By the time I end up leaving, I’ve likely spent double the amount I was planning (I’m sure these places are designed for people like me…. intrigued by all the things they didn’t know they needed….). Recently though, I’ve been trying to be better, and have started to dissect those little energy bite morsels I pick up each and every time… and at five dollars a bite (okay, maybe two bites….) I decided it was time I tried my own hand at them…..
So I set out on a mission this past week to do some experimenting. I was looking to make some energy bites that I could prepare ahead of time, store in a tuber ware, and pull out when we’re on the go, but needing a little snack. Something nutritious we would all love. After a little bit of taste testing, research, and trial + error, I came up with these trail mix flavored energy bites. They’re made with all natural ingredients, gluten free, no bake ready, and loaded with good stuff. Toss them in your morning parfait, on top of your oatmeal for an extra treat, solo before or after a workout… they’re tasty, filling, and easy. They come in around the 100 calorie mark (if you’re curious… but I don’t know the other nutritional values) and I usually have one as a morning snack while I sip my kombucha.
No Bake Trail Mix Energy Balls:
1 cup oats (I use the Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp (you can add an extra 2 tbsp if you want it creamier) almond butter (or any nut butter)
1 tbsp cacao nibs (purchased at Sprouts)
2 tbsp coconut oil (in liquid form)
1 tbsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Allow the mixture to chill for about an hour. Once chilled, use a small ice cream scooper to form the mixture into small balls. I was sure to pack the scoop before emptying it out onto the plate. Once all the balls are formed (I got about 15 out of my mixture), either enjoy immediately, or place in a tuber ware and store in the refrigerator. Hope you enjoy!
Just an FYI, the longer you leave them out, the crumblier they become… so I don’t recommend leaving them out for too long.