Oat and Apple Energy Bites

Oat and Apple Energy Bites are a delicious and nutritious snack that will give you a boost of energy throughout the day. Packed with wholesome ingredients like oats, apples, and nuts, these bites are not only tasty but also provide valuable nutrients to keep you going. Whether you need a quick pick-me-up during a busy day or a pre-workout snack, these energy bites are the perfect choice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (such as almonds or walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, almond butter, honey or maple syrup, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
  2. Add the chopped dried apples, chopped nuts, and shredded coconut to the mixture. Stir until everything is well incorporated.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Chilling the mixture will make it easier to form into bites.
  4. Once the mixture has chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Using your hands, roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls. If the mixture is too sticky, you can wet your hands slightly to prevent sticking.
  5. Place the energy bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure to leave some space between each bite.
  6. Refrigerate the energy bites for another 30 minutes to allow them to firm up.
  7. Once the energy bites have firmed up, they are ready to enjoy! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

FAQs:

Can I use different types of nuts?

Yes, you can use any type of nuts you prefer or have on hand. Almonds and walnuts work particularly well in this recipe, but feel free to experiment with different varieties.

Can I substitute the almond butter with another nut butter?

Absolutely! If you have a peanut allergy or prefer a different nut butter, you can easily substitute it for the almond butter. Cashew butter or sunflower seed butter are great alternatives.

Can I use fresh apples instead of dried apples?

While dried apples provide a chewy texture and concentrated flavor, you can use fresh apples if you prefer. Just make sure to finely chop the fresh apples and adjust the amount of applesauce accordingly.

Can I add other ingredients to the energy bites?

Yes, you can customize the energy bites to your liking. Feel free to add ingredients like chia seeds, flaxseeds, or even chocolate chips for an extra treat.

These Oat and Apple Energy Bites are not only a convenient snack but also a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while providing your body with essential nutrients. Make a batch of these delicious bites and enjoy them throughout the week for a quick and healthy energy boost!

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