And along comes fall! We are actually having some fall-like weather here in southern Arizona so the whole back-to-school vibe is going on! We are entering the season when Tucson shines! Cooler, but still warm… Sunny skies, but not blazing! Time to get outdoors and get back into shape! I’m commiting to a better workout regime as soon as I return from our annual trip to southern California – although I will be working out more while there, for sure!
We head to the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club – KISA’s (my husband) happy place – every September! It’s our happy place. Ocean right there, tennis with new players, BBQ on the beach, fire on the beach, good food, friends and wine!
Being near the ocean is relaxing and healthful. Research has found that the sound of waves alters brain patterns – lulling you into a relaxed state that rejuvenates the body and the mind. And for me it encourages more physical activity, even if it’s simply a long walk on the beach each day.
Swimming in the sea gives me a full body workout, improves circulation, and increases my immune system function. Studies have shown that the minerals and amino acids in seawater produce antibiotic effects. Magnesium in seawater increases skin’s elasticity, and hydration.
Ocean air has health benefits too. The negative ions in sea air accelerate your ability to absorb oxygen and can balance your seratonin levels – the body chemical linked with mood and stress.
So, let the healing begin! And when you need a little energy boost you can always grab one or two of these energy bites and feel good about its healthy ingredients, too!
Need something healthy and tasty for a quick breakfast to-go? How about a pre- or post-workout snack? After school snack for the kids? How about that 3pm lull at work? Or maybe a guilt-free dessert sometime past dinner? This is your answer, right here! And the best part is that it is totally customizable to what you like and what you have on hand. I’ve got you covered!
You can also press out the dough into a square or rectangular glass baking dish, chill and then cut into bars, if you prefer.
Let me walk you through some ways to customize this recipe depending on your tastes, allergies/sensitivities and what you have in the house!
Different oats: You can most certainly use quick-cooking oats rather than old-fashioned rolled oats. The results may be slightly softer, but still works. I would not use the thick rolled oats or steel cut oats for this recipe.
Different other dry ingredients: Flax meal, chia seeds could be replaced. Try hemp hearts for chia or almond flour for the flax dependinf on what you have.
Different (or no) chocolate: You can use any kind of chocolate chips – including vegan, butterscotch, white chocolate, extra dark, etc. Or leave the chocolate out entirely! Your choice!
Different nut butters: If you are allergic to peanuts feel free to substitute almond or cashew butter. If allergic to nuts, how about sunflower seed butter! The world is your oyster!
Different sweetener: I like using local honey for these, but feel free to use agave nectar or maple syrup if you like (or to make it vegan). Maple syrup is not as thick, however, so you may need to compensate with some extra dry ingredients (just a little!).
Just remember, if you are experimenting with other ingredients, you may find the recipe slightly dry or slightly gooey! If dry, add some extra nut butter or honey. If gooey, try some extra oats or flax.
These are so great for packing for a trip, work, or your kids! Here, I have them in my Beeswrap that I use instead of ziploc plastic bags. It keeps things fresh and protected and can be washed and re-used many times. Then, when they have lived out their useful life, they compost quickly and easily… check them out! I am not compensated for talking about this, I just love the product.
As you can see, I rolled some oof my balls in chia and cinnamon, and some of them in toasted coconut. You do you! Let me know in the comments if you make these, and if – and how – you may have made them your own! I always love hearing from you!
Healthy No-Bake Energy Snacks
- 1 cup rolled oats gluten-free, if needed
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup flaxmeal
- 1/3 cup toasted coconut optional
- 1/2 cup toasted nuts chopped (I used pecans)
- 1/2 cup almond butter Can substitute other nut or seed butter of choice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Combine all ingredients well with a spoon or your hands.
- Chill for 15 minutes in the freezer.
- Roll into balls about 1-inch in size.
- Roll in chia seeds and cinnamon if you'd like - optional