Energy bites made with oats, chocolate, coconut, honey, chia and flax
#100daysofcooking, Recipes

I’ll chia later: Energy Bites are Day 38’s pet project


Energy Bites with Almond Butter, Oatmeal and Chia


My name is Therese and I am a Diet Crasher.

This is quite different from a Crash Dieter. A Diet Crasher isn’t looking to lose weight in a hurry, they just enjoy dropping in on different eating ideologies, hanging out at the food table for a while before moving on.

(Disclaimer: I made all of that up.)

A few years ago, I worked my way a paleo meal plan for about three weeks. I’ve twice done the Wild Rose D-Tox. I was a smoothie-every-morning-girl until the paranoia about kale stuck my teeth got to be too much. And I’ve occasionally participated with Dan on his annual meat-and-vegetable South Beach diet (a.k.a., no sugar, no carbs, no fun).

See? Diet Crasher.

In between, I stick to my No-Name eating plan which entails a) lots of vegetables, b) don’t fry things, c) everything in moderation, and d) treats are important.

Ingredients used to make energy bites include coconut, chia seeds, ground flax, carob or chocolate chips and rolls oats.
Ingredients used to make energy bites include coconut, chia seeds, ground flax, carob or chocolate chips and rolls oats.

The chia seeds arrived during one of the Wild Rose D-Tox periods. Almond butter also came to me by this route, but the key difference is that I love almond butter.

Chia seeds, not so much.

Here is a real headline from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website: “Chia seeds go from sand to goo, but they’re oh-so-good for you.” In other words, these suckers get slippery when wet. And healthy or not, that is a problem for a girl with texture issues.

Nevertheless, there they are in the cupboard, along with some unsweetened shredded coconut, both bought to make frozen Energy Bites (or Power Balls) during my most recent Wild Rose D-Tox phase. I used a recipe on the blog Bornn Creative, which adapted it from another website called Gimme Some Oven.

These little balls are an absolute mess to make. Also keep them frozen, since they will fall apart as they thaw. Consider yourself warned. Otherwise, an enjoyable and reasonably healthy treat, chia and all.

Kitchen castoffs used

Chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes

Golf-ball sized energy bites roll together oats, chocolate, coconut, honey, chia and flax.
Golf-ball sized energy bites roll together oats, chocolate, coconut, honey, chia and flax. (Can any of my former Edmonton Journal colleagues guess the age of the pictured golf ball?)

This is how we did it

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup carob or chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 to 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 – 2 tbsp honey, if you are not on the Wild Rose D-Tox

Method

Toast the coconut in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Keep an eye it and stir regularly. It will burn, baby, burn, faster than you can say Disco Inferno.

Melt coconut oil (microwave works well). Combine with almond butter and vanilla.

Combine dry ingredients, then mix everything together.

Let mixture cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then roll into balls (golf ball-sized or thereabouts) and pop them in the freezer.


Curious about my “Kitchen Castoffs” concept? Here’s the explainer describing my 100-day project.

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