Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

by Friday, July 29, 2016

These beautiful little bites are heavenly.

They taste like a cross between a peanut butter cookie, a coconut macaroon and a Girl Scout Samoas cookie (remember those?! Omg to die for), but they are packed with healthy, natural ingredients and provide a great energy boost.


They contain:

Rolled oats-which are high in fiber

Gluten free pretzels– GF and adds a nice crunchy, salty deliciousness

Chia seeds– little nutrition power houses filled with fiber, protein and Omega-3s

Almonds– filled with magnesium, vitamin E and healthy fats

Coconut oil– high in healthy fats that are shown to reduce high cholesterol. Also great for your hair, skin and nails

Agave Nectar– a low glycemic sweetener that won’t cause super spikes in your blood sugar levels

And Better N Peanut Butter, if you haven’t heard of it already, it could be life changing. It has about half the calories and WAY less fat than regular peanut butter has and it is so yummy- I buy mine at Trader Joes. I also love to use this in my smoothies.

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I eat these before a workout, through the day when a sweet tooth craving hits…or after dinner when I want a little something to cap the meal.  They are crunchy, chewy and packed with healthy, delicious ingredients. Sometimes I drizzle them with dark chocolate to make them taste more like my favorite Girl Scout cookie- the legendary Samoas I already mentioned.  I also like to put them out when I have a party- its the perfect popable treat!

They require no baking and are super easy to make. You can also add your own favorite ingredients to customize them to what you have at home or what flavors you prefer.

This recipe makes about 25-30 balls, each ball is about 70 calories a pop.


Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites


Ingredients:

1½  cups rolled oats

1½ cups pretzels (I used trader joes gluten free pretzels)

½ cup unsweetened shredded toasted coconut

3 tablespoons organic chia seeds

3 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds

½ cup Better N Peanut Butter

¼ cup coconut oil, softened or melted

¼ cup agave nectar

1/2 tsp sea salt

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Directions:

In a food processor, pulse the oats until all chopped up- this took me about 20 pulses. Transfer to a bowl. Next, pulse the pretzels for about 20 pulses and add to the oats bowl. Next add the almonds and coconut flakes to the processor and pulse for about 10-15 pulses or until nicely chopped. Add this to the bowl of oats and pretzels.

Add the remainder of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well until combined completely.

To form these balls, I like to spray a little cooking spray or rub some coconut oil on my hands so they don’t stick. Press a spoonful size amount of batter between your palms so they hold together, roll into ball shape and place them on a pan or plate lined with parchment or wax paper (this ensures they won’t stick!) Pop them in the freezer for an hour or two to “set” them and then store in the fridge.

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Enjoy!

XO Katrina

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