Friday, April 12, 2013

No-Bake Energy Bites

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis about a year and a half ago.  I have done a small amount of research as to what dietary changes I could make to help reduce joint inflammation.  Flax seed is said to have this property, so I have tried to incorporate it into my diet more.  I found this recipe online and really like it--it's like eating raw cookie dough/granola bar/protein/health food all in one!

No-Bake Energy Bites

1 c. dry oatmeal
1 c. toasted coconut flakes
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips (butterscotch, dark, milk, etc.)
1/2 c. peanut butter (almost butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.)
1/2 c. ground flaxseed (or mix it with wheat germ)
1/3 c. honey (don't substitute w/ agave nectar--it won't hold the balls together)
1 tsp. vanilla

Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.
Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 min.
Once chilled, roll into balls about 1" diameter.
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.

**Feel free to substitute in your favorite ingredients (suggestions seen in paratheses)
**Could also add chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, cranberries, etc.), chopped almonds or pecans, etc.  Options are endless!