Thursday, January 5, 2012

Energy Bites - After School Snack

Just thought I would share my favorite after-school snack.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and it packs in protein as well as fun (chocolate, cough, cough).  It is a very healthy alternative to granola bars and I like having control of what I put into them!

1 C oatmeal
1/2 C peanut butter
1/3 C honey
1 C coconut flakes
1/2 C ground flax seed (high in omega-3's for those of you that are like me and are not the biggest fish fan! Also good fiber/protein)
1/2 C mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything together until incorporated.  Let chill for half an hour and then roll into balls and enjoy!

*I have rolled them before chilling and eaten them that way and both ways taste great; however, I've been known to not have the patience to wait for no-bake cookies either...that chilling part is hard for me! 

This will make aprox. 12 balls, I usually double the recipe.  You could also substitute raisins or dried cranberries for the chocolate chips to make it even more healthy, but if you did that don't invite me over...I wouldn't eat them.  The choc/peanut butter combo is what makes these so appealing to me! :) 

OH!! Here is a picture using the art filter on my new camera:
 I love this camera...just got it the week after Christmas (Merry Christmas to me thanks to some Christmas gifts we received!!!).  I have been deliberating over a camera for several months now and finally just bit the bullet.  I was scared about going to a D-SLR because I thought I was going to be paying for more technology than I needed and the big size really bothered me.  Found this Olympus PEN (its an in-between version with lens options that is still smallish and so far I am very happy).  It had great reviews and Costco had a kit that came with extra lenses for an awesome price.  Still have a lot to learn about the camera head was spinning after reading the manual. 

Anyways, I got it the day before my nephews 1st birthday party:
He is one happy guy!
Mom and Dad with the birthday boy

 Some snow day pictures....


  1. you have an olympus pen?? sweet! which version -- mini, lite, or regular? if I could afford a new camera, the e-p3 is definitely on my want-list...

  2. Abigail, it is the came with a 14-42mm lens and a 40-150mm lens. I am having fun with it! :)

  3. the first think I noticed was your awesome picture! I really have been going back and forth on the same issue. You will have to let me know how you like this camera/lens as you use it more. I Have been fighting the urge but with my blog and needing better quality pictures, I see myself abandoning the point and shoot in the next year.
    Those energy bites look like a good healthy snack. Wonder if I could substitute with sunbutter for the PB?
    I might try it!