Eating healthy isn’t always easy. I find myself eating the things that are convenient to grab and shove in my mouth by the handful! Not to mention, the snacks don’t fill you up so you end up eating a lot more of them. NOT THESE! These bites are perfect to throw in a bag and take anywhere with you. You could substitute any ingredients in this recipe and make it work for you!
I have played with this recipe a lot over the past few months, adding a bit of almost everything I had in my pantry. And that is why I love these bites, you can use whatever you have in your pantry or spice rack and create a easy, and healthy for you snack even the kids will want to eat!
Ingredients I used:
- 3 cups Oats, toasted (see tips below)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp agave, or honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/ tsp almond extract
- 3 tbsp flax seeds, grounded
- 3 tbsp chia seeds, grounded
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups almond milk, adjust as necessary
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
Mix all ingredients in bowl, shape into bite size balls and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes until firm and brown. Let cool completely.
Toast your oats!– Toasting your oats in a dry non stick skillet on med- med high until lightly browned helps bring out the flavor and cuts down the “uncooked flour” taste!
Get your grind on!– Put the Chia seeds and Flax seeds in either a coffee bean grinder, spice grinder or blender to grind them into a fine powder before adding to your recipe so you don’t bite right into a seed.
Play with your food!– Try different flavor extracts, I used vanilla and almond, but you can try banana or pistachio. The limits are endless.
Feel fruity!– You can try any kind of fruit in these, you might want to adjust the amount of liquid your adding depending on how much juice is in the fruit. Also, I tried getting the blueberries in the middle of the bites before baking, that way the juice didn’t explode everywhere on the outside while baking.
You can feel good about eating these, and get a boost of “Power” for your day! Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which stays in the stomach longer and helps you feel fuller, longer. It also contains calcium and potassium!