Oh please don’t be surprised! I did mention in yesterday’s post that I made the energy bites a couple of times. This was a variation of the recipe I tried. But don’t worry, this is the only variation for now.
For this recipe, I kept the quantity of the base items – oats, peanut butter and honey -the same as yesterday. The rest is just whatever I had in my pantry that day!
I had some dates that needed to be used up, so those were chopped and soaked in hot water for sometime. After draining and squeezing out the water, it came to about 1/4 cup. To avoid the water content, I would just chop them up or pulse them in a blender and add the next time. These didn’t last for a long time, so I needn’t have worried about the moisture from the dates.
To make it a chocolate version, I added a little unsweetened cocoa to the mix. The raw taste of cocoa felt a little strange initially. I did get used to it, but maybe I will add Nutella or hot chocolate for the chocolate flavor the next time.
Read on for the recipe.
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2/3 cup peanut butter*
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dates, soaked in hot water (about 8 dates)
- 2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 2-3 tablespoons desiccated coconut, optional
*You can start with 1/2 cup and then add a couple more tablespoons extra if needed.
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl. Mix with a silicon spatula until everything is combined well.
- Using your hands take a small portion of the mix and roll into a ball. If the dough is sticky, refrigerate for a few minutes. Once you are done with all the dough, roll them over a thin layer of desiccated coconut to coat it. Refrigerate the balls to set firm.
- I got about 20 balls with this set of ingredients.