Thursday, 20 March 2014

Coconut Oatmeal Energy Balls

Last night the hubs is at a work event so I am left to fend for myself.  I cooked reheated myself some leftovers for dinner (after controlling the impulse to order takeout), set up the reality episodes that I have missed for the week and settled in for a chill night.  About an hour into my night I get restless and start craving chocolate and feeling guilty about blowing off the gym.

I ignored contemplated these feelings for about another 30 mins before I decided to get off my couch and leave my apartment.  Before I can change my mind I am out the door and on my way to..........the Bulk Barn to get the ingredients for Coconut, Oatmeal Energy Balls. 

After strolling around Bulk Barn for about 30 mins in an outfit that is pretty much pyjamas (yup I was that person) I gather my ingredients and head home to make some yumminess. 
Now the original recipe calls for agave nectar but since my Bulk Barn didn't carry this and I was feeling oh so stylish and didn't want to go to any other stores I decided to just add extra honey. 

To view the original recipe click: Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

For my version:

2 cups old fashioned oats 
1/2 cup honey 
1 cup ground flax 
2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut 
1 cup mini chocolate chips 
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter

Dump all ingredents into a large bowl and mix throughly (or until your arm falls off).  Now the original recipe calls for letting the mixture sit in the fridge for 30 mins.  So I mixed everything up and put it in the fridge, cleaned up the counters (there was a coconut mishap), washed the dishes and figured that was long enough (or about 7mins and I'm impatient).
My arm almost fell off while mixing these up but they were totally worth it. 

I started pressing the mixture into balls and ran into some issues (rolling it made it worse).  I was having problems getting it to stick together.  Just as I was about to throw in the towel I washed my hands off and decided to give it one more go.  It turns out that wet hands were the missing key.

So with renewed energy I roll/press them into balls (while sampling a few just to make sure they weren't poisoned.  It's all about safety).  I filled up a big container and put them into the fridge so they could set up. 

 I took 5 to work this morning for breakfast and they were AWESOME!!!!  I only actually ate 3 for breakfast and I was full.

These are a great snack to have on hand, they will statify your chocolate craving while not blooning out your waistline (and when you skip the gym to make them this is an important feature).

You could add a TON of different add-ins into them.  What combo would you do?

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