Tuesday, April 15, 2014

No-bake "energy" "bites"

Lately I've been obsessed with these no-bake energy bites that my college pal posted on Facebook. The source appears to be… Pinterest, with several bloggers offering up different versions. Highly scientific sourcing. So in this post I'll just source the closest post to what I've been making, and their photo. There is no photo of my own because the first two times I made these I forgot to take one, and the last time I made a batch I got pretty classy with it and simply ate gobs out of the bowl with a spoon for two days. Not exactly photogenic that way.

Bottom line: I really dig these. They're the exact level of sweetness I seem to crave these days (did I mention that my pregnancy sweet tooth is still around?), can almost qualify as health food if I pretend not to know better, and feature everyone's favorite milk buddy, oats. (Although in an example of why research is maddening, they also feature ground flaxseed, which appear in lactation cookie recipes but also in warnings about what not to eat while breastfeeding.)

If you can't win, at least don't lose hungry? Something like that.

No-Bake Energy Bites

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix and form into balls. Enjoy playing with your food. Ingest.


  1. Every time a post from you pops up, I simply thrill with excitement. I will have to try these- my pregnancy sweet tooth does not leave until I am done nursing.

    1. I bet it's the same for me too! Thanks for letting me know I'm not crazy :-)

  2. The lazy, hates to do dishes part of me can really get on board with the mix and eat from bowl serving suggestion. YUM. And fair warning, my pregnancy sweet tooth never left. May you be luckier than I.

  3. These look way healthier and just as delicious as the lactation cookies I made last week with two sticks of butter (and consumed in 4 days...oops). Also...no flax during BFing??? Holy mixed signals, batman! I feel like every lactation recipe I've read is all "oats! flax! brewer's yeast!"

    Oh well. We're all fat and happy down here so I guess no harm, no foul?!

    1. Seriously - google flaxseed and breastfeeding and studies will pop up showing possible links to breast cancer - UMMMMM. But them part of me thinks almost anything can be maybe-possibly linked to cancer, and like you said, they're in tons of lactation cookie recipes, so who knows!


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