Yesterday I got an email from our pool manager. It is time to pay dues for the summer. Summer! I have been making a very conscious effort to prepare healthy dinners, pack my lunch every day, attempt to make smaller portions for all of us. How is summer already this close?
One of my big downfalls during my day is a sugar craving that usually hits just before lunch. My breakfast and coffee has disappeared and what is left a brain that is usually thinking about chocolate. It doesn’t help my case that my office keeps a little bowl of individually wrapped candy stocked at all times. This week, I will resist! Today I made these delicious chocolate peanut butter energy bites that will satisfy my craving but will offer a little more health benefit than what I am used to grabbing.
The best thing about this simple recipe is that no baking is required! The main ingredient for these bites is oatmeal. It adds a great texture to the bites, is cheap, and most likely in the pantry. Chocolate chips simply had to be added, because I need chocolate! The chips also add a little crunch which, to me, helps the bites be more satisfying. Creamy peanut butter acts as a glue to hold them together and honey sweetens them. I added some vanilla extract to give them even more flavor.
One less common ingredient that I added to these chocolate peanut butter energy bites is ground flaxseed. I have been making an effort for the last several months to find ways to sneak this into my diet. My neurologist actually introduced me to flaxseed and a study linking increased consumption of amino acids with a decrease in migraines. Since that discussion, I have been trying to find ways to incorporate more healthy omega fatty acids into my diet. Flaxseed is a great source of omega fatty acids and mixes with the other ingredients in these energy bites so that you would never even know it was present.
Now the hard part for me will be only packing three of these little snacks per day with my lunch. I should make it four. No three. Maybe I will try on that bathing suit for motivation!