Chia Energy Bites

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Although they do have something in common with a certain 1980s novelty gift, these treats are tasty, healthy and will not grow sprouts that resemble some cute, tiny animal’s hair – because they won’t last that long!

I was fighting a cold earlier in the week and wouldn’t allow myself to eat sugar. After the danger of sickness passed, I made these to satisfy my sweet cravings in a healthier way. They definitely did the trick.

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There are tons of energy ball recipes out there, but this one incorporates soaked chia seeds. Soaking the seeds helps you get the most nutritional benefits as possible.

I’ve posted on chia seeds and their many amazing health benefits before on my chia seed pudding recipe here, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate a few of the strengths that these tiny super food powerhouses contain.

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1 oz (2 Tablespoons) of chia seeds contains:

  • Fiber: 11 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Omega-3s: 5 grams
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA

They’re also known to contain decent amounts of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

It’s easy to find them organically grown, and they are GMO free and naturally gluten free.

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They plump up to 10x their weight in water when you soak them, making for a great thickening agent or egg substitute. This helped me to only use 1 tablespoon of honey for this recipe! The rest of the sweetness is handled by the coconut and chocolate chips. Mmmmm.

Chia Energy Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 24 1" balls

Chia Energy Bites

Although they do have something in common with a certain 1980s novelty gift, these treats are tasty, healthy and will not grow sprouts that resemble some cute tiny animal's hair - because they won't last that long!

Ingredients

  • 3 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 C filtered water
  • 1 C old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 C raw desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 3/4 C semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C almond butter
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • extra coconut for rolling

Instructions

  1. Soak the chia seeds in 1/2 C water for 5 minutes, stirring periodically.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.
  3. Shape with hands into 1" balls (you can also make bars by pressing into a pan).
  4. Roll in extra coconut.
  5. Refrigerate. Can be eaten immediately (I was eating them just about as fast as I could make them, until I got full)!

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

http://verdantpantry.com/recipes/chia-energy-bites/