Have you found its hard to find quick healthy options for breakfast or snacks….? I know I have.
Let’s talk breakfast for minute. I think most Americans breakfast consist of processed cereal, toaster waffles, oversweetened oatmeal, and I hope I’m not right….but pop tarts. You may wonder why these are bad, well, these processed morning treats are full of GMO’s and MSG which cause more side effects than we would like to know. They are also packed full of synthetic vitamins. This may look good on the package, but for the most part they are rejected by her bodies as anything real, and that’s because they aren’t. These vitamins are processed in a lab and are in fact fake vitamins. So before we “pop” another pop tart we may want to reevaluate what we are giving ourselves and our families for breakfast and snacks.
With that being said I’m far from a morning person, and also not good at stopping to make a healthy snack in a midday rush. I need something quick, and although these are quick to make, I like to make them the night before so they are ready in the morning. They are also perfect to pop in a baggie for lunch to replace that “treat” thats full of refined sugar, or an after workout snack thats full of protein and not overloaded with GMO’s!
These are packed full of good ingredients like organic oats, flax, and Chia seeds, so you will be getting lots of protein, fiber, omega 3’s, iron, and vitamin C!
Also the cacao nibs provide high levels of antioxidants, provide magnesium, iron, calcium, release endorphins to give you a feeling of pleasure, and can act as an antidepressant! The nut butter and coconut oil provide good fat which can help you lose weight! Last but not least the maple syrup is full of goodness like manganese, riboflavin and calcium.
No matter which part of your day you choose to eat them, these protein packed bites can make you feel good about snacking!
Raw Energy Balls
- 4 cups raw oats, quick or old fashioned
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp flax seed
- 2 tbsp chia seed
- 1/2 tsp pink salt
- 3 tbsp cacao nibsGet cacao nibs here (can substitute chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup walnut or pecans
- 3/4-1 cup unsweetened peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- 3-4 tbsp refined coconut oil (softened or melted)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (local honey could also be used)
*Different nut butters and even different peanut butters have different consistencies. If you are having a hard time making the energy balls stick together, add more nut butter a tablespoon at a time until they come together easily.
- In a medium size bowl, add all dry ingredients mix well.
- In a small saucepan melt coconut oil
- pour coconut oil into oat mixture and mix well.
- add peanut butter and maple syrup mix until completely incorporated.
- take a handful of mixture (about 1-2 tbsp) and squeeze together into a ball, place on a cookie sheet.
- Continue until you use all the mix. (should make 25-30 balls)
- place in the refrigerator for 15-20 to allow them to set.
- Serve or store in a ziplock bag, or airtight container.
- * I have had success with these lasting to up to a couple weeks in the refrigerator. Enjoy!!
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