**I made these energy bites because I love to eat a little something before I workout. They are SO easy and literally took me 10 minutes! I did make some substitutions from the recipe below. I used all organic ingredients and eliminated the carob chips since I was eating them early in the morning. I love them even without the chips. Also, instead of peanut butter, I used the Nuttzo 7 nut and seed butter (see picture above). It is organic, Non GMO, and healthier than regular peanut butter. It is delicious in this recipe! Right now my Costco is selling it. It is a deal! I bought several. Check out your local Costco because it is expensive at Sprouts (but worth the money)! The other substitution I made was I used organic Grade B maple syrup (lower glycemic than Grade A). I try to avoid Agave nectar since most of it is highly processed. They turned out great with the substitutions I made and I will definitely make again!! Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Carob Energy Bites
Author: Lindsay Rey
Serves: 16 bites
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened) I used unsweetened
- ½ cup carob chips (Chocolate works too.) I omitted the chips
- ½ cup natural smooth peanut butter (plus 1 tablespoon, if needed for binding)I used Nuttzo-I added a bit more to make it all bind
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar (or maple syrup)I used Grade B maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Use your hands to knead ingredients together for a minute or two--this step will help to bind the mixture together so you can form balls.
- Using your hands, form mixture into 2-tablespoon sized balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or eat immediately.
- Makes about 16 energy bites.
This recipe was inspired by Marla Meridith's Chocolate and Coconut Granola Bites found here: http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2015/03/22/chocolate-coconut-granola-bites-recipe/