Tuesday, 14 May 2013

No Bake Energy Bites

Well, this is Week 5 of my challenge and I have to admit it, doing one Pin a week is a cinch.  I don't always have to buy many new things to complete each Pin and I always look forward to creating something new.

This week, we need something new to eat.  My Pin about the Marshmallow Icing has more than 20 repins so far so I'm pleased that others believed me when I said it was good.

This Week's Pin: No Bake Energy Bites
Original Source: saltlicker.com
Who's This For?:  My Daughter and I for Morning Tea
Difficulty: Measure and Mix - Done!

My daughter and I both love muesli bars.  We especially love the nutty ones and a little chocolate on them is also yummy.  I found this recipe for Energy Bites that don't require any baking.  Couldn't be simpler.

The original recipe needed ingredient replacement as I suffer from fructose malabsorbtion.  That means that I can't absorb fructose in my digestive system and that leads to pain, bloating, upset stomach and many other side effects (one of which is grumpiness from high levels of wheat - who knew?)  I must say that I'm not a dietitian or any specialist with regard to health foods but I have done my research recently to ensure that I feel well and happy.  

So the ingredients now are as follows:

1 cup oats
1/2 cup dark chocolate bits
1/2 cup almond spread
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
1/3 cup golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

Oats are easily digested and full of fibre so there's no change there.  The chocolate I've chosen is dark chocolate with 40% cocoa (could have gone higher, I know but I had dark choc bits on hand).  Remember, the higher the cocoa, the higher the antioxidants and the lower the sugar content.  Surely we don't need to be encouraged to eat chocolate but try to move away from the white chocolate and closer to the darker chocolate.

Almond spread is high in protein, magnesium and manganese, low in saturated fat and for those children with nut allergies, almonds are a tree nut which are allowed at some schools.  I've added slivered almonds for crunch and extra good fats, sunflower kernels for added copper, magnesium and manganese and lastly, I needed to replace the honey with golden syrup because honey has a very high fructose level (I'll be on the couch with belly pain within an hour or so, so no thank you).

Simply, all the ingredients are measured and placed in a bowl and mixed until blended.  I rolled the very sticky mixture into balls and left on a tray to dry out so that the outside was no longer sticky.

Taste testing time!  My daughter says "Super soft on the inside and it's so delicious plus it serves so much goodness for my body with lots of seeds and stuff." That was completely unscripted, I promise!

If anyone tries this recipe too, please let me know what ingredients you may have exchanged.  See you next week.


“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”  ~Doug Larson

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