12/1/14

Katie’s Raw Energy Bites

raw energy bites

As you might imagine, there are a lot of truly magical things about living in Hawaii.

The traffic is not one of them. Especially this time of year. It’s like the holidays come around and everyone decides to drive like maniacs. Man oh man.

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In the midst of this already chaotic month, I know that eating nutritiously can be tough – especially while you’re frantically running last-minute errands, or worse yet, stuck in traffic. I’m especially sensitive to it this year because I don’t have 100% of my pre-pregnancy energy back. I stopped getting nauseous after my first trimester (hallelujah!), but I get light-headed really easily. I’ve learned that I always need to be in close distance to three things: food, water, and a chair. Let me tell you guys, I’m like the life of the party these days!

Anyway, instead of relying on processed and sugar-loaded granola bars, I pulled out a tried-and-true recipe from a dear friend this weekend. These Raw Energy Bites were one of her favorite go-to snacks during pregnancy (and bonus: supposedly they’re great for nursing, too). They’re almost embarrassingly easy to make, but they taste great and they’re absolutely loaded with good-for-you ingredients that are crucial for mommas and non-mommas alike, like chia seeds, flax seeds and wheat germ (which you already know I love from my Crispy Oatmeal Cookies). I divided the batch in half, so I have pre-made snacks at home and at work to last me the week. Which is great, because headed into week 22 of this pregnancy, I’m officially hungry, like, all the time now.

 I wish I could call this recipe my own, but a huge shout out to Katie for sharing the wealth. Thank goodness for friends!

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Katie’s No Bake Energy Bites
Yields 30

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Ingredients
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup flax seed
1/2 cup Kretschmer wheat germ
1/3 cup shredded coconut + an extra 1/2 cup for garnish
1 tsp vanilla
2 T chia seeds
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients (leaving the extra coconut garnish on the side). Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Once chilled, spoon heaping tablespoons of the dough and roll to form balls. If desired, roll through the coconut garnish to finish. Rolled balls are ready to enjoy, or refrigerate to keep.

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