Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Meal Prep In Your Step: Peanut Butter & Coconut Energy Bites

Today is my first day fully working from home as I had to run into the office on Monday to pull props and had an in-studio shoot with two other employees at the office yesterday (yep, we stayed at least 6 feet away from one another at all times). It has been nice to have my schedule a little bit broken up so that working from home doesn’t feel quite as daunting as it could. I know I thrive on routine and have been a bit concerned about how to stay productive, but even more so, I’ve been worried about how tempting it’s going to be to want to snack all day knowing my kitchen is right there. When planning ahead this past weekend, I decided having a sweet snack on hand that I’d want to reach for that would also be somewhat healthy and packed with protein would be one way to avoid mindless munching. I shared these energy bites in my Instagram stories last week and had quite a few requests to publish the recipe on here.

The idea for these stemmed from the fact that I forgot to buy Girl Scout cookies and was specifically craving Samoas. I used to not like coconut at all but have grown to love it and decided that coconut flakes and chocolate chips would be my best bet at curving this craving when I can’t get my hands on a box of the cookies. These take no time to make, and a lot of these ingredients are probably ones you already have on hand. If not, the next time you run to the store hopefully, you’ll be able to find them and not only have a yummy snack to eat but also a fun activity to help pass some time! 

1 and ¼ cups Rolled Oats
1 and ½ cups Smooth Peanut Butter
1 and ½ cups Coconut Flakes
1 and ½ cups Mini Chocolate Chips
1 tablespoon Flax Seeds
2 tablespoons Chia Seeds

1.    Measure all ingredients and place into a bowl. I like to use my Kitchen Aid mixer, but this can also be made without one!
2.    Stir ingredients together until everything is incorporated.
3.    Place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes so that scooping/rolling into balls is easier.
4.    Roll the mix into balls and place them in a container. I prefer to use a 2-inch cookie scoop for this step, which yields 28 energy balls. 
5.    Enjoy and store what is not being eaten in the fridge!

I’d love to hear if you decide to make these for yourself! I will probably make myself another batch once my current ones run out since I’ve been reaching for 2 of these as dessert (in addition to being a snack) at the end of the day. Speaking of the end of the day, when I went for a run last night, it was so encouraging to see just how many people were taking advantage of the ability to move their bodies outside in the midst of this craziness. From kids on their scooters to couples enjoying a cocktail on their walk, there was something about it that seemed optimistic. If you’re feeling stir-crazy, put on your tennis shoes and join them from a safe distance tonight!

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