No Bake Energy Bites

I came across a recipe on Pinterest this weekend that I had to try.  Well, let’s face it, I actually just saw a photo I liked and clicked through until I found the recipe.  It IS Pinterest, after all.

I love things that are easy to make, use ingredients I can pronounce and are easy to substitute, and have at least some health benefits.  These little babies fit the bill on all levels.  They also just happen to be delicious.

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The original recipe can be found on Smashed Peas and Carrots.  I’m sure the recipe would be fantastic as written. However, a combination of a lack of certain ingredients and a hatred by one of my children of those ingredients required some substitutions.  I WILL be trying these with the coconut though, and my son and I will eat them all.

I made a double batch because I have a sixteen year old boy.  ‘Nuff said.  As I mentioned, no coconut and I was short on flax seed by half.  I did have a box of Dulce de Leche Cheerios in the cupboard that everyone was underwhelmed by, so I put those through the food processor and threw them in.  I forgot that they’re lightly sweetened, so I should have cut back a bit on the honey.  They’re yummy, but a little sweet.

I ended up adding an additional 1/4 cup peanut butter because my mixture was a little too crumbly, but I think that was because the cereal crumbs were drier than the coconut and flax seed would have been. 

The instructions say to roll into balls, but I found I needed to squish them into balls.  I was afraid they wouldn’t hold together, but as long as I smooshed them, they kept their shape.  I think they would work as bars also.  I would smash them into a pan before refrigerating, then cut them into bars after they’re cold.

If you have time, scan through the comments following the recipe for some great ideas for substitutions.  I can’t wait to try these with some different ingredients.  Which could be today, since the ones I made yesterday are gone.  Already.

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