PB & J Energy Bites

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PB&J Energy Bites

I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day. They are such a great idea! Lately our family has been needing more quick snacks that are easy to grab-and-go, take to work, delicious (of course) and pack a nutrition punch. A couple tweeks to suit our family and we’re ready to go!

PB & J Energy BitesI made a couple modifications, like leaving out the flax seed. Instead I used 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1/4 cup hemp hearts. To make them a bit healthier (this time) I swapped the chocolate chips for organic fruit juice sweetened Dried Cranberries. And now we have the J in PB& J!

These are great for kids too! Using a food processor to break down the oats and dried cranberries make them alot easier to eat for the wee ones (my son, who’s 1 was able to munch on them, no problem!). You can use Sunflower Seed butter instead of peanut butter and then they are suitable for lunches at school. Or keep them as is and they can be a great after school snack.

PB & J Energy Bites

Pop all the ingredients in a food processor and these bites come together in minutes!

The Nutritional Low-Down:

Chia Seeds are jam (ha!) packed with goodness! They are high in many minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium. For every tablespoon, you get 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 5 grams of Omega 3’s! These are the main reasons I use chia way more than flax. You can read a bit more about chia seeds here.

Hemp Hearts are rich in many minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. They are rich in disease-fighting phytonutrients and antioxidants like Vitamin A, C, D, E & many of the B vitamins. Hemp hearts also provide a 3:1 ratio of Omega 6:Omega 3. Just 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts provides 10 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber!

Coconut (unsweetened) is an excellent source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), a healthy saturated fat that get burned at energy instead of being stored as fat (like your other saturated fats – long chain triglycerides). Coconut (meat) is also high in fiber, with one cup providing 7.2 grams. This high fiber content paired with those MCTs means it can aid in weight-loss! Don’t forget that coconut is also a rich source of minerals including manganese, potassium, copper (hello electrolytes).

PB & J Energy Bites

Per Bite:

10 g fat | 3 g fiber | 2 g sugar | 3 g protein

PB & J Energy Bites

1 cup Rolled Oats (gluten-free)
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy…I used crunchy)
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (Organic fruit juice sweetened)
1/2 cup Unsweetened shredded Coconut
1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup Chia seed
1/4 cup Hemp Hearts
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Option 1: (how I made these)
*Toss all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. Roll into balls approximately 1.5″.

Option 2:
*Use a stand mixer, or bowl & spoon to mix all the ingredients together. Roll into balls approximately 1.5″.

Note: This recipe makes about 25 bites.

We devoured them today, so I will definitely be doubling this up from now on!

 

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