Saturday, April 16, 2016

Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Energy Bites

I had been looking for an energy bite recipe that didn't call for protein powder. After doing some research and tweaking some recipes I found online I came up with these yummy gems. They are great to grab and pop in your mouth on the way to the gym for a quick energy pick up or pack along for a hike instead of bringing store bought granola bars.

I made my second batch today. Most of the first batch were gobbled up by the boys and I on a day hike to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. If you have never been to this magical spot in Texas hill country, I recommend you go when you get a chance. It is a granite monolith that formed from magma under the earth's surface over a billion years ago. Erosion has a lot to do with how it looks today. According to the Texas state park website, it is a 425 foot climb to the top. In the summer it is nearly unbearable with the heat, but we experienced perfect spring weather. We also arrived at the peak of wildflower season, with bluebonnets and indian paintbrush lining the roads and many other wildflower varieties blooming from cracks in the rock.

Pretty, huh?

I've also been active with cross training the last couple of months. In order to maintain my endurance during the workout of the day, I need a snack about a half hour before hand. Grabbing one or two of these energy bites gets me through my workout until I can get home and cook dinner. They are also fairly quick to make ahead for the week.

Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Energy Bites

1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup dark chocolate nut butter
1/4 cup nutty peanut butter (or any nut butter you prefer)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp flax seed meal
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate chips 
1/4 tsp cinnamon
unsweetened coconut flakes for rolling

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Measure out tablespoon sized portions and form into balls using your hands. Coat with coconut flakes.

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.