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Peanut Butter Energy Balls

March 28, 2016

These are SO GOOD!  The first time I used whole flax instead of ground and they didn’t  hold together very well.  My second attempt I ground the flax seed in a coffee grinder and that worked much better.  Note, you can also buy ground flax seed which is what I do now.  I tested them out as riding food and they were great.  I think they tasted better than any bar I’ve had and they are super quick and easy to make.

Flax seeds is a great additive as it is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and phyotochemicals (lgnans).  After some initial research, ground flax seed is recommended over whole seed because it is more digestible and less likely to just flush through your system.

The great thing with these is you can make them a whole variety of ways with different nut butters, chopped fruit, ect.  The coconut extract was a good substitute for vanilla and I tried almond extract too, but that was not as good.

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Difficulty: Easy!
Prep Time: 20 min
Chill Time: 30 min
Total Time: 50 min
Yield: 16-20 1-inch balls
Taste: Delicious!

INGREDIENTS:  

1 cup (dry) oatmeal (old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup coconut flakes (toasted, directions follow)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)

PROCEDURE:

  1. To toast shredded coconut, preheat oven to 325 deg F.  Spread coconut evenly on a baking sheet.  Cook for 5 min, remove from oven to stir to cook evenly.  Cook for another 5 min stirring again once in between.  Coconut should be golden brown.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a medium-large bowl
  3. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Roll into 1-inch balls.  Keep refrigerated.

Note, the easiest “wrapping” of these for a ride found I have found is to put 3 into a snack size Ziploc.  I’ve wrapped them individually with cling wrap too, but that’s harder to unwrap and deal with while riding.

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Source: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/

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