This healthy snack was introduced to Touchstone during a cooking demo with one of our Health and Wellness dieticians at the Rising Cedar Apartments. Not only are they delicious, but they are made with oats, peanut butter and flax so they also have the nutrients needed to support overall brain health.
Regular cooking demonstrations and taste tests are a great way for Touchstone clients to try new foods and learn about the connections between diet, physical health and mental health. These kinds of activities help our clients understand the kinds of healthy changes they could make and introduce them to the Health and Wellness Services available at Touchstone.
These delicious treats have been a big hit and are really easy to make. Keep these energy bites in the fridge and grab one when you want a sweet, healthy snack.
No Bake Energy Bites
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients into a bowl. Using your hands, form the mixture into balls about the size of a walnut. You should get about 24 bites from this recipe. Line them up on a cookie sheet and place into the freezer to set. When set, put them into a plastic bag or container and keep in the fridge.
To make bars instead of bites, press the mixture into a rectangular pan and pop in the freezer. When set, cut into rectangles and wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Experiment with different ingredients! Maybe instead of crunchy peanut butter, use almond butter with crushed almonds, swap out chocolate chips for dried cherries, and roll the bites in coconut flakes before setting. Another great variation could be to use use smooth peanut butter with crushed banana chips instead of chunky peanut butter. The possibilities are endless.