First, we must start off this blog post with a BIG HUGE Happy Birthday to my amazing niece!!! Six years ago my life changed, and for the better. My sweet Sophia has the most amazing spirit, and such a gorgeous smile! She makes you giggle, and gives the BEST hugs an Auntie could ask for. I hope her day is as amazing as she is, I love her tttttttthhhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiisssssss MUCH!
Now time for a fun easy recipe, and uses another delicious flavor of the Planters NUTrition Energy Nut Butter. Do you remember the Apple Cinnamon Raisin Nut Butter Bran Muffins I made? I used the cinnamon raisin flavor in the bran muffins, BUT today I will be using the berry nut butter flavor.
This recipe is a perfect treat, snack, pick-me-up, and even a good breakfast choice. It is healthy, could be a raw recipe if you don’t cook the oats, and is a vegetarian recipe…..OH and EA from The Spicy RD will love this….it could easily be gluten-free (exclude wheat bran for more oats!) Honestly, when I made this recipe, I thought it would have been a great post-run snack. I was always looking for healthy, fun snack ideas during my running days. Now I look for recipes for when I travel…..AND so this could also be a good recipe for traveling. This recipe is good on so many levels, BONUS!!!
husband peanut butter addict, devoured both jars of the Planter’s NUTrition Energy Nut Butter. I know some people have stated they have not seen this nut butter yet in the grocery stores. It is definitely brand new, and I bet will be making its way to your local store VERY soon.
The recipe I created was inspired from a Pin I found on Pinterest from Smashed Peas and Carrots, here is her version of the fun recipe – No-Bake Energy Bites. I know mine look different then hers, so thought it would be fun to share both of the recipes for you. Here is my version!
A fun snack, perfect pick-me-up after a workout, and all peanut butter addicts will love it!
Prepare oatmeal as directed on package, using 1/2 cup old fashioned oats.
In small sauce pan - Toast coconut flakes and sit aside. Toast almonds and sit aside.
In medium bowl - Mix together prepared oatmeal, berry nut butter, honey, toasted coconut flakes, wheat bran, raisins, almond extract, and toasted almonds.
Let mixture chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.
If batter seems too soft to make into balls, add 1/2-1 cup quick oats to thicken mixture up.
Prepare to get messy! With tablespoon, scoop out mixture, and roll it into a ball. Will make about 16-18 bites, depending on size of your bites.
Store in refrigerator.
What is your favorite pick-me-up snack, or post-workout snack?
Do you love peanut butter as much as my hubby does?
Disclaimer – I received the Planters NUTrition Peanut Butter from Planters, but all the opinions and thoughts are my own.