Hello again! After spending the last few weeks working on different projects and getting adjusted to university life (hopefully for the last time, lol), I was finally able to make some time this weekend to develop recipes. With being in school and having to pack my lunch every day, I am always looking for snacks that will keep me satisfied throughout the day. I don't know what it is about school, but I am ALWAYS hungry!
These energy bites are fantastic. They have protein, a ton of fibre and healthy fats making them the perfect mid-day snack. Just a few will usually keep me satisfied until my next meal. I also like to have these before a long run or a good workout as they provide great fuel to keep you moving!
The Granny Smith apples really come through in this recipe and are their flavour is amped up by fresh apple cider. By straining the apples of their natural juices and replacing that juice with fresh apple cider, you get a more intense apple flavour. If you can't find apple cider or don't feel like buying some just for this recipe, you could always skip the straining process and use the grated apples as is.
The base is quick oats, which I prefer because they absorb liquid much better and have an overall better texture when they are consumed raw. The apples are complimented with warm spices. Maple syrup serves as a natural sweetener and the flax seeds add fibre and healthy fats. Lastly, the crunchy peanut butter adds texture, a bit of protein and binds the whole thing together.
These energy bites are quick and easy and are made with a handful of ingredients you likely already have at home. Feel free to customize them as you wish. I often add hemp hearts for a little extra protein and healthy fat. As always, enjoy!
SPICED APPLE ENERGY BITES
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Servings: 18 Energy Bites
2 cups quick oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 granny smith apples
1/2 cup fresh apple cider
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Place a clean kitchen towel or cheese cloth on your work surface and using a box grater, grate the apples over the towel.
2. Grab the kitchen towel and apples with both hands and squeeze to remove all moisture from apples. Do this over a large bowl or over the sink to avoid making a mess.
3. Place the dried apples in a large bowl. Add oats, flax seed, maple syrup, crunchy peanut butter, pumpkin spice and sea salt.
4. Start by adding a 1/4 cup of apple cider and mix everything well to combine. You can use a spoon to do this, but I find that using my (clean!) hands works best. If the mixture is still quite dry, add the remaining 1/4 cup. You are looking for a consistency that holds up together when you squeeze a ball of it in your hand, but it should still be quite sticky.
5. Pat the mixture down in the bowl and leave to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. This will give the oats time to absorb all of the liquid and will make them a bit more chewy.
6. Once the mixture has rested, form into little balls. No need to be precise but I find 1 to 1.5 tablespoons to be the perfect amount. I like to lay them on a baking sheet and freeze them for about 10 minutes and then pop them in an air-tight container. That way they won't stick to each other.
7. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months, but I doubt they will last that long. ;) Enjoy!