Gluten-Free No Bake Energy Bites

image2-11These little balls of energy are a MUST TRY.

My first attempt at these was on my birthday weekend last year. I was having some friends up for the entire weekend and knew we’d be in and out of the house doing various things, and mainly drinking lots. So, I decided to make these to tide us over until the next meal and to give us a little necessary burst of energy. These honestly taste like they should be a dessert, but they are very healthy and filling, AND don’t require baking!

I also love making these when I know I have a busy week ahead. You can snack on them easily in the middle of the work day, or in my case, in between patient appointments. Or, you can snack on a couple before hitting the gym after work, prior to making dinner. Endless options for this fantastic/delicious recipe.

image35Ingredients: 1 cup dry gluten-free steel cut oats, 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, 2/3 cup toasted coconut, 1/2 cup organic almond butter, 1/2 cup ground brown flax seeds, 1/3 cup of agave nectar (or honey), 1 tbsp chia seeds, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Instructions: stir all ingredients together, cover and let chill in the fridge for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into bite-sized balls and place in an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for up to one week.

*Tip: you might need to wet your hands between rolling (approx. every 10 balls) for them to roll properly and stick together!

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