If you asked me what the one thing is that like clockwork I always make time to meal prep every single week, and pretty much bring anywhere I travel it would be these energy bites. I love how simple they are, and how easy they come together every single time I make them. I'm not kidding when I say that from start to finish these are prepped and ready to go in 5 minutes flat, which in my house is one of the key's to a snack that is going to stand the test of time.
WHAT MAKES THESE ENERGY BITES SO ENERGIZING?
Okay so there isn't any magic energizing sauce in these, and energy bites are basically just a fun way of saying a balanced snack that has been rolled into a ball, but I have a feeling that wouldn't be as popular as "energy bites" so lets keep going with what we've got.
What does make these "energy bites" so great for our energy is that they are perfectly balanced in the four key areas that make a snack turn from something that is going to tie you over for the moment, to something that will satisfy you for a few hours.
These four components when combined together in certain ratios have an amazing ability to balance blood sugar, calm cravings, induce feeling of satiety, and give us stable energy to keep us going and avoid ravenous feelings of hunger until our next meal.
WHY I AM ALL ABOUT THE LATE-AFTERNOON SNACK
While there are many opinions on snacking vs. no-snacking, small frequent meals, verse three larger meals, etc. etc., what I know to be true is that for most of my nutrition clients that time between 4-7PM is usually when cravings and ravenous hunger is bound to present itself. All you mom's out there also know this to be the "witching hour" when kids turn from happy go lucky, to major meltdown in a matter of moments.
Our bodies know that something is happening, and that something is our bodies beginning to be exhausted from our busy day, and our blood sugar starting to come down from our mid-day lunch.
That is why I recommend this snack late afternoon to virtually all of my clients, especially those who tend to workout after work, eat a later dinner, or are struggling with night-time eating habits, binging, and late-night cravings. There is something about this snack pre-dinner that really seems to help keep some of those behaviors at bay, and allow people to feel more present going into dinner as they can more easily sit and enjoy there food, rather than be distracted by out of control hunger.
SNICKERDOODLE ENERGY BITES
makes 12-15, serving size 1
- 1/2 cup vanilla vegan protein powder
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup psyllium husk
- 1/3 cup cashew or almond butter (cashew butter will make them taste more cookie dough like)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 unsweetened vanilla almond or cashew milk
- Optional: 1 tsp butter extract (this will really give them that buttery snickerdoodle flavor)
- Optional: 1/2 tsp stevia liquid drops (I like this vanilla stevia) or 3 tablespoons honey/maple syrup (if the protein powder you choose is sweet you may not need any additional sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar and cinnamon mix to shake over energy bites
- Combine all ingredients (except for water) in a high-speed food processor. I love my cuisinart food processor.
- As ingredients are mixing, slowly add almond milk to mixture. Depending on the consistency of the dough you may need to add a little more or a little less. This usually depends on how "liquid-y" your almond butter is, and whether or not you choose to add a liquid sweetener.
- Feel the dough between your fingers, if it sticks together and you can roll it into a ball you are good to go!
- Begin rolling dough into small golf-ball size balls.
- Line a glass tupperware container with parchment paper and place rolled balls into tupperware.
- Sprinkle balls with coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Place in the freezer and wait one hour before serving and enjoy!
Nutritional Facts: Calories - 110kcal, Fat - 8g, Carbohydrate - 4g (if using stevia), Fiber - 3g, Protein - 8g (may vary depending on protein powder used)