Christine’s Energy Bites
Looking for a quick and easy pregame snack or breakfast option? Energy bites are a fantastic way to work in TONS of nutrition in a small package on the go. The best thing about this recipe is that is it versatile for your dietary concerns or palate!
1 cup dry old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup unsweetened dried cherries
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together until well mixed. Cover and chill mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Once chilled, roll into one inch balls and store in a plastic bag or container for up to a week.
This recipe makes 20-25 energy bites.
Nutrition benefits of this recipe:
Oats are a fiber rich whole grain, providing lasting energy for our brain and our muscles.
Dried cherries have compounds that have been shown to contribute to decreased muscle soreness post exercise.
Chia and flax seeds offer omega 3 fatty acids, essential for recovery and for decreasing inflammation.
Dark chocolate chips (greater than 70% dark if you can find them) are full of antioxidants to fight cellular damage.
Nut butter rounds out the recipe by supplying protein content and heart healthy unsaturated fats.