New Year, new recipe, foodie friends!
I have to admit, for as much as I love baking up a storm in the kitchen, I also love a few days or even a week or so off from baking. Gasp! I said it! Even this baker gal needs a little time away from her mixer and oven!
These a no-bake energy bars were a quick and easy way to get back into the kitchen, Lightning quick to put together and a snap to shape. You could roll them into balls too, but I have the cutest little silicone bar pan from my friend Kerry O’neill over at Tastefully Simple so I choose to turn mine into “bars” this time.
These bars are SO good… I had a hard time only eating one at a time. Confession… I didn’t . I enjoyed two as a post workout snack and it was delightful! Dare I say.. a sweet way to end a spin class????
Feel free to substitute other nut butters for the peanut butter, and you can also omit the chia, hemp or flaxseeds. I added both flaxseeds and flaxseed meal, but you don’t have to use the seeds.
No Bake Energy Bites
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips ( I used dark chocolate)
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup organic maple syrup
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl . Form into 1 inch balls using hands or scoop. OR fill a silicone bar mold ( 12 cavities ) to make bigger bars.
Freeze until set , about one hour.
NOTE: you really should keep them in the freezer at all times. You can store in a freezer safe bag or container.