These energy bites have been a long time favorite of mine. The textures and flavors are totally satisfying and the ingredients are perfect for sustained energy (hence the name)! Years ago, these were my go-to running/yoga snacks when I wanted some energy without submitting myself to a food coma by eating a giant, heavy meal. These also make a great mid-day snack, or for all my pregnant/breastfeeding mamas- late night snacks! The ingredients are beneficial for increasing milk production as well so I decided to make a batch to bring with me to the hospital in preparation for baby #2's arrival (more to come on that later).
1 cup GF rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients until well combined
Place in a large bowl and cover
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
Form mixture into tight balls and store in refrigerator or freezer
What are your go-to snacks for exercise, late nights, and/or breastfeeding? Let me know in the comments below!
I never could have imagined how good these ingredients would taste all together. Separate, they are just plain good, but together- they are amazing! This is a simple, rich, and nutritious breakfast that will please any crowd!
- 3 hardboiled eggs
- 1 Tablespoon of diced red pepper (chopped very fine)
- 1 Tablespoon of diced red onion (chopped very fine)
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Directions (my favorite part):
Mix all of the ingredients and stir until the avocado coats evenly. Enjoy!
I started making overnight oats when I was working in Boston and had to sit through 4 hours of traffic everyday. The ride was long, I was hungry- this was the perfect treat to make a long ride seem shorter. The ingredients are wholesome and this simple breakfast will curb your appetite for hours.
Fast forward several years.
My commute is much shorter, but now I'm a Mom. Trying to get everyone up and going in the morning and prepared for work, school, childcare, etc. can sometimes feel like I've run a marathon before I've even left the house. This recipe is prepared the night before and it's an easy (and healthy!) grab and go breakfast- 1 less thing to worry about in the morning!
1/2 cup of plain almond milk
3/4 Tablespoon of chia seeds
2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
1 Tablespoon of maple syrup
1/2 cup rolled oats (I used these)
Optional: fruit for topping
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, cover, and store in the refrigerator overnight...and viola!
This smoothie will satisfy any peppermint patty craving! It's cool and refreshing and a great way to get some veggies in. Although it's the perfect drink for St. Patrick's Day, I've been guilty of drinking this year round. Enjoy :)
1.5 frozen bananas (peeled and sliced before freezing)
1 cup of almond milk
2 drops of peppermint extract
1 handful of spinach
5 fresh mint leaves
Optional: cacao nibs for toping
Put all ingredients in a blender and mix well.
This recipe came to life when I received a frantic text from a new Mom friend. Like any new Mom who wakes up at 1 am for a feeding, she is starving and will eat whatever is in sight, regardless of its nutritional value. She was looking for ideas on nutritious, easily accessible midnight snacks that will satisfy her, but will not keep her wide awake until the next feeding. I immediately thought of this recipe. Not only is it nutritious and will keep her satisfied, but it is great for maintaining/increasing milk supply.
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats (I used GF)
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup of flaxseed meal
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients with hands
Store in the refrigerator
This granola can be eaten plain, topped on yogurt, etc. Enjoy!
This was the first recipe I made when I decided to go Gluten Free for the month of September. It was surprisingly easy to make and the perfect GF grab-n-go snack! I love that these bars are healthy and light, but also hearty and dense. Once the bars were completely cooled, I divided them into squares and wrapped them individually- perfect to throw in the diaper bag for…emergencies!
Bonus: your house will radiate of yummy fall feelings :)
2 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats, divided (I used GF oats)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1 large banana, mashed
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 8x8 baking pan with non-stick spray
2. Add 1 cup of oats to a blend and blend until it turns into a flour-like substance
3. Add milk, mashed banana, maple syrup, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla into a large bowl and whisk together
4. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups of oats, oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine. Fold in chopped pecans and put entire mixture into the strayed 8x8 baking dish.
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes
6. Let the dish cool completely before cutting into it. Store in refrigerator.
Do you have a favorite grab-n-go snack? Let me know in the comments below!