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No Bake Energy Bites

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Recently, I have discovered a love of oatmeal. I use Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats (gluten free, of course). This is now my breakfast most mornings, having replaced my normal Rice Chex cereal. Oatmeal and fruit. I am obsessed. Oats are also so yummy plain, by themselves, as well as toasted (as I discovered in making this recipe). With my new love of oats came a desire to find one or two new recipes using them. One thing that kept popping up with every search was granola bars and foods related. One that caught my eye was no bakes. All of those search items inspired me to make these simple snacks. Easy, quick, tasty. These are my no bake energy bites, no bakes for short.

Also, in the picture above, you will notice a lot of excess at the bottom of the bowl…this was due to the fact that I accidentally added an extra 1/4 cup of oats. But they still turned out great!

No Bakes

Makes about 10-14 balls.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry oats (make sure they are gluten free)
  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut flakes*
  • 1/4 cup, 1 tbsp almond butter (can use peanut butter as well)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (if unavailable, you can toast and grind additional oats)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp honey

Optional ingredients:

  • chocolate chips
  • dried fruit/berries
  • chopped nuts/seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds)
  • a little vanilla

Instructions:

  • Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. If the mix is too dry, add more peanut butter or honey.
  • Place in the refrigerator for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Once chilled, roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  • After you have rolled them into balls, put them back in the fridge for 10-20 more minutes for maximum deliciousness.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week (in an airtight container-I put them in a ziplock).

*Watch the coconut flakes as they toast because they can burn easily.

Quick and Easy Veggie Snacks

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My family doesn’t buy bagged salad, we purchase the bags of four lettuce bunches, for lack of a better term. They are lettuce leaves. Large, long, wide lettuce leaves. They are great for delicious lettuce wraps (love!), and you can tear it into smaller pieces for a salad. I also love to get a couple leaves and make a yummy and healthy snack. I love to put a small dollop of cottage cheese in a large piece of lettuce to have a tasty snack to munch on.

Besides lettuce snacks, I also love carrots and peanut butter. That has always been one of my favorite snacks! You can also have some carrots and hummus, but I do not prefer the taste of hummus. There is also celery and peanut butter, as well as celery and hummus, so why not have a mix of celery and carrot snacks? They are so delicious! Just grab a plate, pile on some veggies (carrots, celery, pepper, cherry tomatoes, etc), add some sides (peanut butter, hummus, ranch dressing) and you have a wonderful veggie platter! This is also great for parties and appetizers.

Next there is pepper. Red, orange, yellow, green pepper. I honestly love it plain, but pepper is another veggie to eat with a little hummus. Even if I did like hummus, I think I would still prefer to eat pepper plain, because it has such a great taste on its own. Vegetables like carrots and celery need a little something to add to their taste, but pepper has enough flavor to stand alone.

I hope you go and munch on some of these healthy and delicious snacks, because they are great for you and great tasting!

Peanut Butter (or Cheese) Wrap

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Sandwiches for lunch are great. They are fast, easy, and they can be varied in an infinite amount of ways…but sometimes you just want something different. I admit, I don’t vary my lunch a whole lot, but sometimes I like to mix it up. I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I love the La Tortilla Factory tortillas. They are great pretty much anything. I make quesadillas, pizzas, chips, and more with this tortilla. I to make chicken and lettuce wraps for dinner, too. But another, simpler thing I sometimes make is a peanut butter wrap. And guess what? There are only 2 ingredients…tortilla and peanut butter! I am not going to include any ingredients or instructions except: 1 tortilla, however much pb you want, spread pb on tortilla and roll it up. DONE. It is so good. This with a simple salad is one of my favorite lunches that can easily be whipped up in just a minute or two. Does a simple pb wrap have to be more complicated than that?

This recipe is one anyone could make…I don’t even know if I would call it a recipe. I am just posting it to get the idea out into the world. Sometimes simple and delicious is the best way to go, and people just need a nudge in the right direction.

ALSO, I love to cut up some cheese and put it on the tortilla, stick it in the microwave, and have just a simple cheese wrap (I sometimes add some chicken/lettuce to this as well).

 +   = delicious!