Chewy and delicious grab-and-go fuel, these Chocolate Chia Coconut Energy Bites are perfect for stashing in your purse, gym bag or desk drawer.
Today is a special day – it’s my 34th birthday! I thought about sharing a fabulous cake or indulgent dessert recipe to celebrate but if I’m being honest, I feel happiest when I can walk into my closet and fit into all of my clothes or pop into a boutique store and not worry that none of the dresses will fit.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge cake or sweets person but I do love chocolate and eat it regularly. In fact, indulging in my chocolate cravings on a regular basis keeps me on track.
October is a busy travel month for me which means it is even harder for me to stay on track with my weight loss goals. No matter the trip, whenever I am on the road I never exercise as much, drink as much water or eat as healthfully as I do when I am home.
But guess what? We are in #NoExcuses zone so I am going to do everything I can to minimize the damage. Travel is not the time to be setting lofty weight loss goals but I am going to work my tail off to maintain the 46+ pounds I’ve lost since Jacob was born.
Case in point: I will be keeping a stash of these Chocolate Chia Coconut Energy Bites in my purse to tide me over during airport layovers or to munch on after a hotel gym workout.
Each batch makes 24 bites but you can easily double them up and pair them with a piece of fruit to turn them into a convenient breakfast on the go. My husband likes to take them to work for an afternoon snack and my toddler loves them any time of the day.
I must give a shout out to my kind, gorgeous and enormously talented friend Ali who inspires me to make my food look beautiful. She recently taught me to poke a few chocolate chips into the sides of the bites so that they look as good as they taste! (Don’t worry, they are accounted for in the nutrition facts – 1/4 cup is plenty for this trick.)
Are these energy bites Gluten Free?
They can be! Just be sure to buy gluten free oats (that aren’t manufactured in a gluten plant) and vegan chocolate chips. :)
Do I have to include flax seed with these?
You should use the flax seed but can omit if you want. The flax seed helps them stay together – almost like flour. Also, I like to rub them around a little bit to let the oils come out of the nuts.
No forks required.
No Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bites
- In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter and honey until smooth. Stir in cinnamon and salt.
- Add oats, chia, coconut and flax seed meal to the bowl and stir until evenly incorporated.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that all ingredients are combined then stir in chocolate chips.
- Use a small/medium cookie scoop to form into bite-sized balls. Can be served immediately or chilled if you prefer them cold.
Friends, what are your best tips for staying healthy while traveling? I am all ears!!