Lately I've been finding myself resembling more of a mad professor/chicken with its head cut off type, than a functioning human being. One of the hardest things for me to do when times get busy is eat healthy! There's a constant inner battle happening between my belly rumbling for Nashville hot chicken, and my head warning me that maybe we should try a salad every once in a while!
Luckily, my head has been winning lately and I came across this healthy, easy and most importantly delicious, recipe for "cookie dough" energy bites! The recipe is so simple to follow and makes about 36 energy bites. They're filling and full of good things for your body like chia seeds, which are loaded with anti oxidants. They've also got loads of protein which help you to stay full for longer, so you're not reaching for that bag of chips or diet soda mid afternoon.
HEALTHY COOKIE DOUGH ENERGY BITES (YIELDS APPROX. 36 BITES)
1 cup of organic rolled oats
2/3 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup of natural almond butter
1/2 cup of chia seeds
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup of organic honey (or half coconut oil & half honey, to cut down on sugar/sweetness)
1 tsp of vanilla
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients until well blended. Add remaining ingredients slowly, folding in until entire mixture is evenly coated. Should have slightly moist appearance with no dry spots (like cookie dough, but obviously not as doughy).
Scoop into an airtight container or saran wrap and set in the refrigerator for 1 hour to allow cooling and hardening. Remove, and roll 'dough' into roughly 1-inch balls.Store bites in the fridge and enjoy when you'd like.
Helpful tip: when rolling, coat hands in coconut oil and gently squeeze the dough in the palm of your hand to help the chips settle in. Wash hands in between rolling so the dough doesn't stick; if dough begins to warm, set in the fridge again before continuing.
recipe courtesy of Laiteatelier