There’s a lot of diet buzz circulating the food blog world with New Year’s resolutions fresh on our minds. When it comes to eating, I really try to practice moderation and not a specific diet trend. I generally try to eat a variety of fresh and healthy foods. I eat when I’m feeling hungry and stop when I’m full. We do green smoothies often, and the treats we indulge in are usually homemade, and I like to think that counts for something! I don’t make time for exercise every day or have a gym membership, but I like to be active with my boys, and spend time outside. Especially because it’s sunny and 70 degrees in January here in Arizona!
I hesitate to focus too much on what I should and shouldn’t eat, because I feel like what the “experts” consider to be good for you is always shifting. There’s so much credible(?) information available to us, but the balance between being wise and obsessed can be hard to find. Case in point, I was standing in the return line of a busy department store the day after Christmas. I had to stifle a laugh when the sweet little lady behind me asked her friend, “Did you know they are saying butter is actually good for you?” Her friend replied, “Really? Well, that’s good to hear!”
So, I eat what tastes good to me, in a reasonable amount, and stay active keeping up with my boys. Works for me, for now anyway! With that being said, here are my healthier chocolate almond energy bites.
These remind me of those no-bake cookies I loved as a kid. Sweet, but not too sweet, and so easy to just pop one in your mouth when you need a little boost on a busy day.
This recipe is very versatile. I was inspired by Ali over at Gimme Some Oven’s and her Nutella Energy Bites. Have you been in the peanut butter aisle at the grocery store lately? There are so many choices when it comes to nut butters and spreads. I used Hershey’s Chocolate with Almond spread. We also love to spread it on whole grain waffles topped with sliced strawberries. Can’t decide which are my favorite, but my Honey Oat Energy Bites are great for breakfast and snacking too.
So try them, and enjoy… in moderation of course!
- 2/3 cup chocolate almond spread
- 1/4 cup honey or light Karo syrup
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a thick paste is formed.
- Using a small scoop, make 1 inch balls, packing them firmly into the scoop, and place on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Chill for 1-2 hours until the balls are set. Place in storage container and keep refrigerated.