To Cranberry Energy Bites

These are pretty much Larabars in bite-size form. Last year I got hooked to Larabars, but with a college student’s budget doom quickly set in and I wasn’t going to be able to have one every time I craved one. Thus, googling of homemade Larabars ensued and almost a year later I still find enjoyment in mixing up the flavors.

I went to Aldi the other day (super college budget friendly) for general shopping and to see what good finds I would stumble upon and low and behold I found a great deal on dried cranberries so I swooped in and got some. My best find however were blackberries for 69 cents!!!! Waddup berry people – that’s a steal!!!! I’ll be poppin’ those little berries like pez for the next couple of days (:

Back to energy bites

Post my 8 mile run yesterday I was needing a quick source of energy and these did the trick! You can play with the flavors to please your tastebuds or depending on what you have on hand. As long as you have dates and nuts you are sure to make a great pseudo Larabar. Stay tuned for more flavors!

Ingredients: (12-15 bites)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dates, pitted

1/4 cup cashews

1/4 cup almonds

2 tbsp. flax meal

1 tbsp. water

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

In a food processor, blend the cranberries and dates until they naturally form into a single mass. Set aside in a bowl.

Process the cashews and almonds until chopped close to fine – but now powdery – you want a bit of texture.

Add in the cranberry/date mixture, flax meal water and cinnamon. Pulse a few times until it all comes together.

Then form into 1 inch balls

Store in the fridge.

Cheers to raw energy

n

To No Bake Energy Bites

This week one of the girls in my program sent me an email explaining the recipe experiment. The recipe experiment is a concept that was born so that people could share recipes with one another. Instead of just exchanging recipes with those you know, it is a way to exchange recipes with people that you don’t know. Somehow the system works so that I send a recipe to the friend of my friend, and then friends of my friends send recipes back to me. Hmmm – don’t think I was clear about it, but the point is, I received the recipe featured here and it looked great. Then this morning when gchatting with a friend, she too sent me this recipe so I officially decided that two people in one week sending me the same recipe means that I am suppose to make it – so I did.

Now I was low on coconut so decided to make a quarter of the recipe, but the full recipe is listed below (definitely doing a full batch next time)

These should be renamed bites of heaven…seriously.

Ingredients: (20-25 bites) Original Recipe

1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)

1 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/2 cup chocolate chips (vegan chocolate for vegan version)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

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. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Cheers

n