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It’s 3pm and you’re stomach is growling.  You look to the stale donuts in the break room and your mouth starts watering.  The computer screen has turned to a cloudy haze, and all you can think about is a snack as your blood sugar level plummets.  What you need is an energy bite.

These tasty little guys are a delicious and satisfying 110 calorie, portable snack.  Wrap em’ up and stash in your purse, lunch box or gym bag.  And they just happen to be gluten and dairy free!  Trust me, your body will thank you for eating this treat over the white sugar and flour filled pastry in your office.

Add other favorite ingredients like chopped nuts, dried fruit or other healthy cereal.  Mine are sort of a cross between an almond joy and a chewy, honey rice crispy treat.  No baking or fuss required.  Just make into balls or bars and refrigerate.  Easy, healthy snacking, or sweet bite after dinner.   

Great recipe to make with kids!

ENERGY BITES

makes 26

  • 3/4 cup INSTANT OR GLUTEN-FREE OATS
  • 2 cups PUFFED RICE CEREAL or CRISPY RICE CEREAL
  • 2/3 cup SHREDDED COCONUT, UNSWEETENED
  • 1/4 cup FLAXSEED, GROUND
  • 3/4 cup NUT BUTTER, UNSWEETENED, NATURAL (almond, peanut, cashew)
  • 1/3 cup HONEY, PURE or RAW (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1/2 cup MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS*(or dried fruit)

*Gluten-free/dairy free option: Use Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips.

1. In a large bowl combine oats, rice cereal, coconut, ground flaxseed and chocolate chips; stir to combine.

2. Cream together nut butter (may need to soften slightly in microwave), honey and vanilla in a large measuring cup. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula or fork until well coated.

3. Pressing together with hands, or with a scoop, form mixture evenly into 26, about  2-inch round balls (keep hands moist with a little water to keep from sticking). Place on a parchment paper line baking sheet and refrigerate for at least one hour to firm. Store in refrigerator or freeze.

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING: 110 calories, 6g fat, 2g sat fat, 12g carb, 2g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein

 adapted from Urban Nester http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com/

FRIDAY FUNNY

My Friday funny is more of a story this week.  So, yesterday I was driving down the street to my house and a young boy sprints blindly into the road around the hood of a parked utility truck directly at the front of my car.  Both he, and I, shared the deer in headlights look as my adrenaline slammed on the brakes (ok, that wasn’t the funny part – my heart was actually racing).

Once my breath returned, in the rearview mirror I saw the child scurry off behind my car to the other side of street.  I wondered, “what was that all about?”   

As I drove a few feet further I noticed the problem.  It was, duh-duh-dum…. an ice cream truck.  Yep, parked right ahead of where the boy originated.  Moral of the story, ice cream trucks usually don’t lead to good choices my friends.

Image source above: Bing search ice cream truck images

 

 

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