Cinnamon Coconut Energy Bites

One of my responsibilities at church right now is to help plan monthly activities for the women in our ward (a “ward” is an LDS congregation). Last week we had a health and fitness night and it ended up being SO fun! We have a girl in our ward who is a health coach and so she did a little lesson on nutrition and exercise myths–which ones are true and which ones are false (I guess the added protein to every last cereal or processed food product lately isn’t really necessary!). And then another girl in our ward is a certified Zumba instructor and so she taught Zumba for us afterwards. We even had a few pregnant ladies dancing along!

After the activity we obviously wanted to provide healthy refreshments since we had just
worked out.  We planned some veggies, hummus, and my friend Sadie even made homemade
fruit leather! I volunteered to bring these super easy and yummy energy bites. It had been a
while since I had made these and I had forgotten how easy they are to whip up! I originally
found this in a family cookbook and I made a few slight adaptations.
 I’ve already made another batch since the activity last week because I wanted a whole tray to
myself. 🙂

For someone like me who prefers to take very little attention to detail, a recipe like this is gold because it is so flexible. The ingredients I list are just a starting point–you can add in whatever you fancy!

Am I the only one who constantly destroys the resealable tops of food pouches??? Basically no
bag or box top is safe in my presence.

Give the walnuts a quick chop (or buy them pre-chopped!), and then dump everything into a bowl, dry ingredients first. I usually stick the Peanut Butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds just to make it easier to stir (don’t overdo it though, or the mixture will be hard to roll into a ball).

There are a lot of these energy bite types of things out there but in my opinion the thing that makes this one really good is the cinnamon and coconut!
One you mix everything up, roll into little balls (about 1.5-2 inches in diameter), and pop in the fridge  on a cookie sheet for a few hours. Now you’ve got a healthy snack or breakfast ready for the next few days!
Quick and Easy Energy Bites with Cinnamon and Coconut
 
Ingredients:
-2 Cups old-fashioned oats
– 1/2 cup raisins
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
-1/2 cup shredded coconut
-2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup agave
-1/2 cup  peanut butter
Substitution ideas: chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, flax seeds, almonds, peanuts, almond butter.
 
Directions:
 
1. Place dry ingredients in a large bowl.
 
2. Mix in agave.
 
3. Place peanut butter in microwave for 10-20 seconds and stir into agave mixture.
 
4. Roll mixture into balls (about 1.5-2 inches in diameter), and place on a large plate or cookie sheet.
 
5. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours, until firm.