I had several goals over the summer that all involved the kitchen...everything from organizing to buying and making healthier meals for our family to cooking old fashioned oatmeal and not instant or quick oats. (I realize the bar was pretty low in some areas ;-)


But needless to say I am happy that I've had some success in these endeavors and one of the most successful new recipes is probably these little energy bites. Quick and easy, they satisfy the craving for a little sweet something something but are relatively healthy. Sweetened with honey and made with creamy peanut butter they are a hit in our house.

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What you'll need:
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1/2 ground flax seed*
6 TBS dark chocolate chips (I bet white chocolate chips would taste heavenly!)



What you'll do:
Mix together the first three ingredients until well blended.
Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Chill for 30 minutes before rolling into 1 inch balls.
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Snag one every time you go into the kitchen. 
Never mind, don't do that. 
You'll find yourself making up reasons to go to the kitchen.



*Flax seed. I am in a sort of crash course on healthy eating so I had to look up flax seed, what it does and why we want it to do what it does. It's a good source of fiber and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as other vitamins and minerals. It helps stabilize your blood sugar too. It contains lignans which help your body metabolize estrogen in a safe form and some studies indicate that it can  help reduce the risk of certain types of cancers in both men and women because of this. And apparently around 2 tablespoons a day can help reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. (Filing that away under important and good to know information.) King Charlemagne was quite the fan of flax seed and even had laws passed that required his subjects to eat it. Who knew? 

Apparently us now :-)



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