Energy Bites (no bake)!

Yep, you guessed it, if you spend any amount of time on Pinterest like me, I found the recipe there. 🙂 I am always down with “no bake” stuff, and since the Ryan has been kind of picky about breakfast of late, I figured I could give them a try. Bonus: I got 2 lbs of flax seed at the Amish market for $3 on Saturday. And 2 lbs of rolled oats for $2.70. Winning!

I will first start out this entry by saying hey, it’s the Veterans Day holiday. So, make sure you thank a soldier or five today, okay? We owe them a lot.

Nextly, I will lament on how beautiful the weather is today, and how since I’ve been sick the last week and change I will sadly be spending today cleaning my entire house top to bottom. We’re talking deep cleaning – scrubbing toilets, showers, counters, vacuuming, even dusting (ugh, the woooorst!)…everything. *sigh* The Ryan is working today, so I can at least happily blast all kinds of music I would otherwise reserve for my iPod and sing at the top of my lungs with only the maintenance men and the cats to hear me. They, too, will be the only ones to see me dance. Mwahaha.

After that, I intend to do homework…did I mention that my university doesn’t honor federal holidays ON the actual federal holidays? Something about moving them all to Christmas break so the school can close and whatnot. Works for me, I suppose, but I haven’t slept in a single federal holiday this year..=P So I got up and went to class this morning, and am now home to clean and do homework. Lame! Being a grown-up sucks….but I digress.

The Ryan gets up at the last possible second in the morning and runs out the door. I, too, make an egg to toss on toast as I run out the door before class, so when I read about these little energy bites, complete with chocolate chips, oats and flax seed-y goodness, I figured I had to give them a try. Peanut butter offers protein, the oats offer nutrients, the chocolate is…well, let’s admit it – chocolate is amazing. The Ryan doesn’t like coconut, so I subbed with whole wheat flour. Hopefully, I can bag up a few of these each night before bed that the Ryan can grab on his way out the door, and that I can snack on during my later class to hold me until I get to work. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t NOT feed my man – he just got tired of what I was feeding him and has decided that one piece of toast on his way out the door in the morning is somehow good enough to hold him from anywhere between 11 am and 3 pm depending on the day (yes, that is his real, awkward lunch schedule). Solution, please!

And, since they’re no bake, they’re very easy!

1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey, 1 cup flour, 1/2 flax seed (I ground ours up in the coffee grinder), 1/2 cup mini chocolate morsels, 1 tsp vanilla.

Mix it all together, I had to use my hands because peanut butter and honey are very difficult to mix with a spoon. 😦

When it’s all mixed together, stick it in the fridge for about a half hour and let it get cold.

When the mix is chilled, roll them up/pat them into a ball. Put them in a bag or Tupperware container and snack on them whenever you’d like!

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They’re not the tastiest things, but if you like granola, you’ll like these. 🙂 They’re sweet and peanut buttery and honey-y, but they’re not like candy either. I like them. 🙂 I don’t know if the Ryan will, but if not, more for me!

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