Quick & Easy Energy Bites

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During this pregnancy, these Energy Bites have been SO great to grab on the go! They’re full of ingredients that are really good for you like oats, dates, and chia seeds, and they’re also full of yummy things like dark chocolate and honey. This recipe took a few tries for Eleni and I to develop, but we really feel like the one I’m sharing with you is the best version! Eleni loves to make these with me, and they’re pretty kid-friendly so I often let her put the ingredients into the food processor, and once everything’s chopped I give her some mixture to make her own bites with. I always encourage parents to include their children in the kitchen as much as possible, and this is an easy way to do that!

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Makes about 40 bites

1 cup good dark chocolate

1 1/2 cups pitted dates (or if they’re not pitted, remove the pits!)

1/2 cup raisins

1 1/4 cup uncooked quick oats

1 cup chia seeds (it’s my preference to use ground chia seeds, but I’ve made these several times with whole ones and they’re just as good!)

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey

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– Put all of the ingredients into your food processor in the order that they’re listed above, and chop them up until quite small. Then, taking small bits at a time, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls and put them on top of wax paper in a Tupperware container. Refrigerate for +/- 30 minutes before eating, and then store them in the refrigerator for up to a week (I must mention, I’m sure they could last more than a week but because these are so popular at my house, they have never lasted more than a week for us before being all eaten up!) Enjoy!

 

Quick & Easy Energy Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge made with Coconut Oil

Choc PB Fudge

 

My super generous and lovely friend Sarah gave me a huge tub of coconut oil – I was SO excited. Of course, I took to Pinterest immediately to find out about all the wonderful things I can do with it. This recipe was on of the first things I found and since I already had all the ingredients, I made it that same day. I can honestly say that I crave these more than I do Lindt chocolate now! I actually have a whole bag of Lindt chocolate sitting in my fruit bowl (I know, my fruit bowl is filled with chocolate…) because I’ve been munching on these instead. The good news is that these are SO MUCH BETTER FOR YOU! I can’t wait to make these again, and I’m thinking about making mini ones for Eleni’s first birthday party. I found this recipe on My Recipe Magic. It can be made paleo-style if you have a nut-butter, but I only had peanut butter (which is not paleo since it’s technically a legume)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge made with Coconut Oil:

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/2 cup nut butter (I used peanut, but you could use almond, hazelnut etc)

1/4 cup honey

– Blend everything together in a food processor/ blender/ smoothie maker. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and pour the mixture in. You can fill them up as much as you want, just bear in mind that the thicker they are, the longer it will take them to set. I did mine about 3/4inch thick. 

Chill for 30 minutes in the fridge or 10 minutes in the freezer. I did mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If you take them out, eat immediately before they melt!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge made with Coconut Oil