In my pantry there are no ready to eat snacks 😦
I have to make/bake/create them. There is a lot of prep behind my fast food!
Especially where my children are concerned, there is much need for small snacks to make up Morning and Afternoon tea’s.
I have dedicated Mondays to Food Prep.
Unfortunately for me my supermarket shopping isn’t due to arrive till tomorrow afternoon due to the Long Weekend, so I had to get creative… or hit up Pinterest.
On my Pinterest, I have many a recipe I have not yet tried. I sifted through some snack/healthy eating recipes and came up with a couple that I could whip up using things I already have in my pantry.
No Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For this recipe I subbed the Toasted coconut for plain shredded coconut.
I used Craft Crunchy Peanut Butter.
I subbed the flaxseed/wheatgerm for Organic Quinoa Cereal (I tried this cereal as a cereal, I hated it! lol it is not for everyone!)
In hind site I should have put less chocolate chips than suggested – perhaps a 1/3cup rather than half a cup. I found it too hard to make up the balls with so many chocolate chips (probably the only time you will ever hear me say that!).
Makes 20 1 Inch balls – roughly 70-80 cals per ball.
These are a good replacement for store bought muesli bars and taste very similar to one of my favourites. Even though they are only an inch in diameter they pack enough sweetness and a slightly savoury note to take that edge off till the next meal time.
75g/1⁄3 a cup of soft butter, plus extra for greasing and serving
4 ripe bananas, mashed up
200g/1 cup of soft brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
1 pinch of salt 170g/11⁄2 cups of flour (spelt or whatever)
Instead of Butter I used Cereal and fruit oil… a new product at my supermarket – they sent a free sample with my groceries a few weeks ago so I decided to try it out in my baking. I used 2/3cup of the oil.
I only used half the amount of Brown sugar.
I used 1 cup of regular flour and half a cup of Wholemeal flour
Makes 12 – I didn’t work out the cal content of these ones, I wont be eating them. Just made them for the kiddies.
I am working on a lower cal version of this recipe. I will be sure to post! All Packed up and ready to freeze – Freezes Well 🙂
So Mondays will now be my ‘New Recipe day’ for Pimping the Beats, as well as my Food Prep day.
I hope to get as ‘Clean’ as I can with these recipes.
I am really feeling good about ‘Cleaning’ up my act!
Have you tried a new Recipe lately?
How did you Pimp the Beast today?