If you haven’t yet discovered the world of “energy bites” AKA “healthy cookie dough bites” you have been missing out. Energy bites can be made with a variety of ingredients and fit a variety of needs.
#1 FEED THE TINY HUMANS
Let’s face it folks, it ain’t easy keeping the tiny humans fed. They are ALWAYS hungry or… “snacky” I should say. (Is snacky a word? I guess I just invented a new word.)
Snacky = the insatiable need to continually put things in your mouth.
My girls are snacky kids and I’ll admit, it isn’t always easy to find something that satisfies their hunger for longer than 20 minutes. It is also not easy to find kid friendly snacks that are either not processed crap food (I’m looking at you cheese puffs) or foods that are disguised as being healthy and will therefore break the bank (yep, that’s you “Bunny snacks”…)
On that note, energy bites are the perfect snack to actually satisfy a hungry cookie monster.
#2 Hangry Mama
I am one of those people who tend to be queasy in the morning if I don’t get SOMETHING in my tummy when I first get up in the morning. And I’m not very clear headed in the morning so my decision making skills are not always the best. I tend to reach for ANY snack food within reach especially if it is carbs. I also tend (as does my 7 year old daughter) to get a bit “hangry” when I have not eaten well.
These energy bites are the perfect quick snack to take the edge off.
#3 “On The Go Jo”
Who isn’t in some kind of rush these days? It seems like we all, if not every day, then most days are in a rush to get out the door for one reason or another. For our family it tends to be Church on Sunday and CC Community day (our homeschooling group) on Tuesdays. As I’ve confessed before, I am not quite on top of my game in the mornings so I tend to realize last minute that I haven’t made enough time for breakfast.
Once again, these babies are an easy grab and go option.
However, as is usually the case, there is often one downfall to these delicious bites… when you search the interwebs for a recipe, you will be invariably bombarded with about 200 recipes which may look delicious but aren’t exactly on the healthy side, or they claim to be… but contain oats or other grains. That may be fine and dandy for some, but if you are Paleo, Whole Food, Keto, THM or anything else that either cuts grains or separates carbs from fats, then all of these recipes are taboo.
This recipe is gluten-free, grain free, sugar free & delicious. And that, in my book, is a beautiful thing.
As I have made it a self-sufficiency goal to reclaim my health through healthy foods and essential oils, I have learned that one facet to keeping my hypothyroidism in check, is by starting the day with a Breakfast incorporating Protein/Fat/Fiber. These little gems are just that. If the total amount of protein doesn’t meet your needs you can always add some Collagen to your tea or coffee and you will be good to go.
So after all that talk, the process is really very simple.
Mix Coconut oil & almond butter until fairly smooth.
Add in unsweetened coconut flakes, ground flax, cocoa nibs, vanilla, salt and pure stevia extract powder.
Mix well and place the bowl in the refrigerator for a few hours to harden.
After a few hours the mixture will be a nice scoop-able texture.
You can then roll into balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. (I prefer to use non-stick silicone mats to eliminate waste and unnecessary trips to the store, but parchment paper will also work fine.)
Return the cookie sheet to the fridge and let them harden again before putting into a bowl or dish for storage.
Coconut, Almond & Flax Energy Bites
3/4 cup coconut oil
*3/4 cup almond butter (other nut butters are a fine option)
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
**1 1/2 cup ground Golden Flax Meal
1/2 cup cocoa nibs or Lily’s brand, stevia sweetened chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp mineral salt
***1 “doonk” (1/32 tsp) pure stevia extract powder or a few drops of liquid stevia (a “doonk” is a tiny scoop that is 1/32 of a teaspoon.)
- Mix coconut oil & almond butter
- Add in unsweetened coconut flakes, ground flax and cocoa nibs
- Add in vanilla, mineral salt and pure stevia extract powder.
- Mix well and place the bowl in the refrigerator to harden.
- Roll into balls and place on a lined cookie sheet
- Return the cookie sheet to the fridge and let them harden again before putting into a bowl or dish for storage.
Store in the refrigerator in order to avoid the mixture melting again.
A few notes:
*Natural peanut butter is okay too, I have just found that with a low thyroid condition, it is best to avoid over-doing it with peanuts/peanut butte
**For best results using Flax meal, grind your own Golden Flax seeds rather than buying “flax meal” as it loses it’s benefits shortly after being ground and who know how long the store bought meal has been sitting around.
***Pure stevia extract is NOT to be confused with store bought stevia blends like Truvia which are highly processed and contain fillers. Blends such as Truvia will measure entirely differently and also have a completely different flavor as the chemical fillers leave a bitter after taste that pure stevia will not. (I like THM brand’s pure stevia powder) – You can also add liquid stevia (but I have not tested a measurement for or a little raw honey rather than the stevia powder, just be aware that if you use honey they will no longer be sugar free or low carb.
You can also spread the mixture into a cake pan (well greased or preferably lined with parchment paper) and the cut into squares rather than rolling into balls.