No-Bake Energy Sticks

I’ve noticed that we have become a little reliant on granola and other fruit bars for our kids when we are out and about. They are easy and convenient but I know they are full of sugar and really have no nutrients.

I decided to try these no-bake energy bites and see how they went over at our house.

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You can swap out any ingredients you like, but here is what I used.

1 cup oats
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut

When you look at the list this way, you realize how great these things are:

1 cup soluable fiber, dietary fiber, and protein (oats)
3/4 cup vitamin E, fiber, and protein (almond butter)
1/2 cup natural sweetener (honey)
1/2 cup antioxidants (raisins)
1/4 cup fiber, omega-3 essential fatty acids, protein, and calcium (chia seeds)
1/4 cup omega-3 essential fatty acids and lignans (flax seeds)
1/3 cup fiber (coconut)

A less expensive way to make these is to buy exactly what you need from the bulk section at Whole Foods. It is much cheaper than buying a whole bag of each ingredient.

I love how easy these are! Just take all of your ingredients and put them into a bowl and mix together well.

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Place mixture in the refrigerator for an hour or so to harden a bit. Then you can take it out and break into small sections on a cookie sheet and put back in the refrigerator for another hour or two. These will last about a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Many recipes suggest making balls, which is fine.

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I decided to make sticks because I felt it would be an easier, less-messy way for small mouths to eat them.

DSC04944The only downside to this is that they end up looking like cat turds. So if you have kids ages five and older, get ready for a morning full of poop jokes!

Once you get past that….enjoy!DSC04958 DSC04952 DSC04945