After I made Orange Olive Oil Brownies plus a Raspberry Chipotle Cheesecake last week, it felt like a good time to make something quite healthy. No Bake Energy Bites fit the bill-and then some. This is also a terrific recipe choice when you want a sweet treat but don't have a lot of time to make one.
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I've gathered all of my ingredients here, including the toasted coconut. As I had never toasted coconut before, I did a quick Internet search and found an easy tutorial here. However, my toasting time was closer to 10-12 minutes. After tasting the amazing results here's my V.O.E. - BE SURE TO INCLUDE THIS STEP :)
Although the original recipe calls for semi-sweet chips, I always use bittersweet in my recipes. In this case, I think they provide a nice counterpoint to the honey and sweetened coconut flakes.
V.O.E. - When combining ingredients, pour the toasted coconut, oatmeal and flax meal into a large bowl and combine thoroughly (a whisk may be helpful for this step). Then add vanilla, peanut butter and honey. Finally, add chocolate chips.
V.O.E. - Be prepared to mash ingredients together so they combine well and keep your rubber spatula handy so you can clean off the spoon from time to time, and facilitate blending.
Now that I've made these No Bake Energy Balls once, I agree with the idea of adding a little more peanut butter if the original combination of ingredients doesn't stay together well. Not a fan of messy hands when working in the kitchen? Do opt for bars instead.
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