Nutty Chia Energy Bites
Using a cookie scoop helps the final process come along rather quickly, but don't mold them tightly until after you roll the bites in the additional coconut. This will help the coconut stick to the bites better.
- 1 cup rolled oats, not quick oats
- ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for rolling the bites
- ½ cup hazelnuts, macadamia nuts or a combination of both
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips or chunks, optional
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup nut butter of your choice, almond, peanut or cashew butter are good options
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place rolled oats, coconut, nuts, flax seed and dark chocolate in the bowl of a food processor. Process for approximately 10 seconds, just until nuts are roughly chopped.
Place this mixture in a medium bowl. Add chia seeds, nut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Mix well with a large spoon or spatula.
Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, then using a cookie scoop, roll the mixture into balls, but don't pack them tight yet. Roll each ball in the additional coconut and then pack them tightly, just until the coconut adheres well.
Refrigerate the energy bites for one hour, then transfer to an airtight container where they will keep well in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze for up to a month.
This recipe makes approximately 60 1-inch bites, or 30 2-inch bites.
Serving: 10g | Calories: 2657kcal | Carbohydrates: 227g | Protein: 69g | Fat: 180g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 49g | Monounsaturated Fat: 75g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.5mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 2695mg | Fiber: 64g | Sugar: 97g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 1154mg | Iron: 19mg