No-Bake Energy Bites

IMG_1172These little gems are amazing.  But you have to be a peanut butter fan, which fortunately I am.  I think peanut butter should be one of the main food groups.  We were in a local coffee shop in the mountains of North Carolina when I first tried these.  We had just been hiking and I would have eaten my foot if I hadn’t found these energy bites.  I don’t know if they gave me energy, but they sure tasted good. I came home and researched until I found the ones that matched up as closely as the ones I first tried at that coffee shop.  It’s a great snack or breakfast for anyone, but especially for kids running out the door in a hurry.  If you are trying to watch your waistline, I wouldn’t eat more than two at one sitting.  Sadly, I’m speaking from experience. I typically double the recipe because they go quick!

1 cup dry oatmeal (old-fashioned oats)

2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes (I rarely use the coconut just because I’m always in a hurry)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ (I use flaxseed)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.  Mine are about an inch or so in diameter.  Store in an airtight container.  I’ve never refrigerated mine, but you can if you want.  The honey can make them a little sticky, so I set them on waxed paper before I store them.

Adapted from 2012 Gimme Some Oven.