Almond Joy Energy Bites
One of my all-time favorite flavor combinations is coconut + almonds + dark chocolate. Basically, Almond Joys are my jam. However, I’m not going to go around eating candy bars every day. It’s just not the best idea when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Instead what I can do – and will do! – is indulge in these almond joy energy bites. Really though, I wouldn’t even qualify them as an “indulgence”. They are healthy little snack bites that will keep you full of energy.
These almond joy energy bites are made with 6 simple ingredients: unsweetened coconut flakes, almonds, honey, flax seeds, oats, and dark chocolate chips all of which are staples in my pantry (and maybe yours too?). Each of these ingredients offer a variety of health benefits, so these bites are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a lot of healthy fats.
Benefits of Consuming Healthy Fats
There is no reason to fear eating fat. It should actually make up 20-35% of our daily calorie intake. The key is making sure that we are eating healthy fats. According to Farrah Stewart from the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center,
Healthy fats (found in nuts, seeds, guacamole, and olive/canola oils) are powerful anti-inflammatories and performance-enhancers that should be a staple in every runners diet.
Eating healthy fats help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (such as A, D, E, and K), manufacture hormones, build cell membranes, and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (which is the good cholesterol). Fats, especially the medium chain fatty acids that are found in coconut, will keep you feeling full and satiated for longer.
These are all good things! Now let’s make some Almond Joy Energy Bites.
Almond Joy Energy Bites
Time: 20 minutes; Yield: 17-19 balls
- 3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ almonds, divided (raw or toasted)
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup flax seeds
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Optional: shredded coconut & cocoa powder for rolling
- Place the coconut flakes in the bowl of a food processor and process until it reaches a smooth consistency, 5-8 minutes. You’ve just made coconut butter!
- Add in ¼ cup of the almonds and the honey and process for another 2-3 minutes.
- Add the remaining almonds, flax seeds, oats, and chocolate chips and pulse about 10 times. You’ll want everything to be combined, but don’t want the oats and chocolate chips to be completely ground.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir a little more, if needed.
- Form into little balls about 1-1 ½ inches and don’t even worry about if they are perfectly sphere.
- Roll balls in shredded coconut and/or cocoa power (optional).
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
I keep mine in the freezer and then pull two out each morning to bring with me to work. By the time my afternoon snack time hits they are perfectly thawed. I get really excited about eating them and don’t feel a single ounce of guilt.
I hope you try them out! Enjoy!