In the middle of the work day, when I'm craving a slightly sweet pick-me-up, but on the healthy-ish side, something that will give me both nutrients and yumminess, I reach for an energy bite.
You can make them with oats instead of barley flakes. Both are nourishing options and both have soluble fibre that is linked with heart health.
The texture of the barley flake is a little more stiff, so the bites made with barley have more chew to them. I get my barley flakes directly from a local mill here in Ontario. You can pick up all kinds of flakes at the Bulk Barn though.
These easy-to-make peanut butter-y energy bites deliver energy and sustained satisfaction
from the quality carbohydrates, protein and fibre (and a hint of chocolate). Perfect for when you’re craving something a little sweet and healthy-ish.
Peanut Butter and Cranberry Energy Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes Makes: 24 bites
1 ½ cup barley flakes (or large flake oats)
¾ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup medium unsweetened coconut flakes
½ cup chopped unsweetened dried cranberries *
¼ cup ground flax
¼ cup honey
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch crunchy sea salt
How To Make:
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Using a tablespoon measure, scoop mix and roll into bite-sized balls. If your hands get too sticky just wet/dampen your hands slightly to make rolling easier.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
* No dried cranberries? Use raisins, or other dried fruit like cherries or blueberries.