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Energy Bites

After Everett was born, some of our friends came to visit and brought us dinner along with a few of these energy bites. They were meant for me to eat in between breastfeeding sessions, as a quick and nutritious snack. However, Ryan and I split them and ate every last one after dinner. Of course I immediately texted our friends to ask for the recipe so that I could make them the following day. Since then, I’ve been making a batch every couple of weeks and stashing them in the freezer. They are perfect to munch on as a snack or a small bite before heading out the door for a run.

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These make a great snack while your body is recovering after birth and trying to sustain a tiny human, as most of the ingredients nutritionally support your body postpartum and while nursing. Note: Guys loves these too!

• Flaxseed is known to increase milk production and contains healthy fats and protein.

• Raisins and apricots are high in iron and give the energy bites a bit of a crunch once frozen.

• Blackstrap molasses and honey give these a hint of sweetness, without being too sweet. Not to mention, blackstrap molasses also contains iron, magnesium, and calcium and honey has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Fun fact: honey never spoils!

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Almost every batch that I have made has been different. There are so many variations to this recipe and the possibilities are endless! The standard recipe is listed below but feel free to experiment with various dried fruit and nut butters. When choosing dried fruit, make sure that the fruit is the only ingredients and doesn’t contains sulfur dioxide or added sugar. With nut butters, nuts should be the only ingredient, with the exception of salt, if desired.

A couple of tips:

1.) Before rolling the batter into balls, wash your hands but do not dry them. This will keep them from sticking to your hands.

2.) If the batter seems a little dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water.

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Energy Bites

¾ cup rolled oats

½ cup ground flaxseeds

½ cup natural peanut butter

½ cup raisins + chopped dried apricots

¼ cup honey + blackstrap molasses

Mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Roll between hands into balls. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator (up to one week) or freezer (up to one month if they last that long!). Enjoy!

 

An addendum: Once every two weeks, I make a big batch of these and stick them in the freezer for a quick and easy snack. Everett and I bring these with us on our daily outings, as well as snack on them around the house, which is probably why I’m always sweeping oats up off the floor! In all of the months that I’ve been making these, I constantly change the recipe, playing with different flavors that we like the best. Below, you will find a recipe for the batch that I make most consistently and that we all love the most.

Energy bites {revised}

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup ground flaxseeds

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1 cup raisins

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Roll between hands and form into balls. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator (up to one week) or freezer (up to one month). Enjoy!

*If the mix seems a bit dry, I add a touch of coconut oil. It’s also helpful to rub coconut oil on your hands before rolling the dough into balls.

 

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