Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Are You a Morning Person? Here’s My Secret…

Are you a morning person? I am. I love mornings.

Although, I think John might disagree with me on this. And to his credit, I guess there is a minor caveat: I love quiet peaceful mornings.

Of course, since having kids, not many mornings at the Saba household could really be described as either of those things. Between diaper changes, wardrobe selection, and breakfast decisions, I’m usually ready for a nap by 8:30 or 9.

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So anyway, I’ve tried to take some steps to minimize the chaos. As far as wardrobe, I removed every piece of clothing that was “objectionable” from the chest of drawers. Now, we have a stack of “soft shorts” and an assortment of “Cars” t-shirts available for wearing any (every!) day of the week . . . and I present to you, Exhibit A:

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On the breakfast front, these little Peanut Butter Energy Bites have been a Godsend.

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

I got the idea from the Gimme Some Oven blog.

Peanut Butter Balls

No-Bake Peanut-Butter Energy Bites

Makes about 20 small balls

I remember making peanut-butter balls similar to these as a kid: Getting my hands all messy with honey and peanut butter, rolling each sticky mound into a little ball, and then biting into one with a big glass of milk. Now, as a parent, I love these because they are nutritious (high protein, high fiber, low sugar, no fake stuff), and super easy to make (Jack gets to do most of the pouring, mixing and rolling by himself). Plus, they are always ready to enjoy … just sitting in the fridge in an airtight container … which makes them perfect for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Adapted from No-Bake Energy Bites at GimmeSomeOven.com

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup ground chia seeds

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1 cup dry oats

1/3 – 1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup almond butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

Pinch of salt

Optional add ins: dried cranberries, dried blueberries, or chocolate chips

Instructions: 

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a rubber spatula, stir until well-combined. If the mixture is too thick to stir, use your hands.

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Refrigerate the mixture for at least 20 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator. Using your hands, pull off a small portion of the mixture and shape it into a ball. Place it on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Peanut Butter Balls

Repeat the process until all of the mixture is used up. Refrigerate again for 10-20 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

No Bake Energy Bites

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