Wednesday, February 18

Energy bites & eating one handed

Hello again. Greetings. 

Energy bites are crunchy, slightly sweet, slightly chocolaty, slightly salty balls of healthy ingredients that you can eat with your fingers in one or two bites. Easy to make. Easy to transport. Easy to feed kid(s) and husbands on the go. Speaking of going...  Let me tell you a story. 

These delightful bites got their name "energy bites" a couple years ago when my son needed quick and easy breakfasts before 8 am Saturday morning soccer games. This was as tricky as it was a pain in the butt. My oldest is not a morning person, and eating a any breakfast is hard for him straight out of bed, and a big breakfast wouldn't have felt good later while he was running and active during a game. So I told him if he ate this "energy bites" he would get extra energy and be able to run faster than anyone. That woke him up from his sleepy "I don't want to move faster than a snail routine" and got him thinking. I wasn't completely lying. This whole grains healthy snack/breakfast is full of good nutrients and thus give the body energy. Faster than anyone? well... it worked okay. Sometimes being a parent means doing whats right for the kid in question even if it means skating around the whole truth. So that's my funny story of how I got through a whole soccer season by convincing my son he could run faster than anyone if he ate this particular food. I wonder if he remembers this... P.S. Having a no-cook, finger food breakfast also meant he could eat in the car if we were running late. Who decided 8 am was a good time for a soccer game anyways? I would like a word with that person.

Back to present day... we aren't doing soccer right now but just as adventurous we are doing the live, work, go to college with a newborn baby thing. All of this without caffeine - yes my beloved coffee machine is collecting dust. This recipe is absolutely worth its weight in umm... I don't know pick something. Haven't sleep longer than 4 hours at a time... give me a break. 

The day to day details of living with an adorable infant absolutely means eating and cooking becomes an acrobatic sport. There should be division in the olympics for such events. It would look like pairs of inviduals running back and forth to check on the little one, hand offs, rocking chair marthons, and of course eating one handed, trying to eat as fast as possible becuase the partner is holding the baby and his or her food is getting cold, cooking one handing, trying to eat while not spilling anything on the baby who just fell asleep, and my favorite singing mary had a little lamb or jesus loves you 100 times without losing your voice. 

My schedule some days is completely up to the whims and desires of a 5 month old. Let me tell you though, these "energy bites" are the perfect one handed breakfast or anytime snack. You can even mostly make them with a baby in your arms for the most part. Honey is dangerous to little cuties so I put him down while handling it and washed up well afterwards. You can make them ahead of time and have them ready in the fridge. You could even bring them to a friend who just had a baby and she will hug you :) 

There's many ways to make energy bites... this recipe comes from mixing two recipes together from Mindy's Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites and my own pb oatmeal version. I hope you like it as much as we did! 

Cinnamon Energy Bites

1 1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax seeds 
1/4 cup of chocolate chips
1 tsp of cinnamon (I will cut it down to 3/4 next time)
dash of salt
dash of nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 - 1 cup of cashew butter (warmed in the microwave) 
2 Tbs honey, raw

1. warm the cashew butter until it looks melted in the microwave - about 30 sec to a minute
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
3. Add in the wet ingredients. Mix it all together. 
4. I put a bit of nonstick cooking spray on my hands - helps a little with the stickiness and start cupping oat mixture and form it into balls just big enough for 1 or 2 bites. 
*NOTE: If this is hard to do that only means you need a bit more warmed/melted cashew butter to bind it together. This mixture should come together easily. 
5. Put them on a cookie sheet or large plate. Refrigerate them for an hr or so to firm up before eating. Keep them in the fridge for up to a week in a covered container. They probably last longer than that but they never last more than 2 days so I wouldn't know. 

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