Healthier Energy Bites to ring the new year!! Feel good without feeling guilty…
It’s January, folks. 2015. A New Year. Filled with new possibilities, goals and experiences.
I don’t know about you, but I kinda over-ate. Especially with the sweets. While we were in Dallas, I pretty much stayed on track with my exercise routine by running on their treadmill and my dad kept telling me “enjoy the holidays! The diet can start next year!”
For me though, it’s not about going crazy and eating to my heart’s content. It’s about balance, eating okay, still indulging a little over the holidays but still exercising and staying on track as much as possible with my running because, if you work out regularly, you know workouts keep you sane and focused. At least this is what they do for me.
On the plane ride over to Dallas, I was reading my Bon Appétit magazine and read that they are launching their Fifth Annual Food Lover’s Cleanse on January 2, today!! This 14-day cleanse is about bringing people back in their kitchens and “making delicious, satisfying, food with vibrant unprocessed ingredients like whole grains, healthy seafood, and winter’s best produce. We think the all new menu gives you an incredible range of flavors.”
This is going to be my focus for 2015, at least the first quarter (I’m just concentrating on Jan- March right now folks). Delicious, satisfying, food with vibrant unprocessed ingredients like whole grains, healthy seafood, and winter’s best produce. . not sure this sounds appetizing to you on January 2 but this is what I am shooting for. For myself, my family and here on the blog.
Now, life is not living if you are constantly denying yourself the things you want to eat and if you don’t allow yourself to indulge every once in a while. . so, we’ll have sugar (just not lots of it), we’ll have dairy, we’ll have carbs, and good Lord, there will be chocolate. Just in moderation.
Because, I know for myself, if I don’t have something sweet, I’ll go crazy. I wouldn’t be fun to live with. But I can still have my energy bite sweets and eat healthy too.
Enter these no-bake Chocolate Sesame Butter Flaxseed energy bites! These are like the best things ever. If you have never made these for yourself (a version of these), you seriously need to make some, like now. These are the best because you can pack these little guys with good, healthy stuff and chocolate chips (or whatever you want) and raisins and other dried fruit and you’ve got yourself one little satisfying sweet treat or snack.
You can use peanut butter to hold these together or, today I used my Soom Chocolate Sesame Butter spread. Now, if you like tahini (if you make hummus at home, you know what this is), you will love this chocolate sesame butter spread. I think it’s quite delicious!! Soom Chocolate Sesame Butter is made with pure tahini – White Humera sesame. They also make Tahini, pure sesame butter. Their products are all-natural, kosher, gluten-free, vegan and made in a peanut-free facility. Soom Foods was started by three sisters in Philadelphia and you can read their story here.
I keep these energy bites in a plastic bag with me in my purse so I have something to snack on while running errands or most recently, when I was traveling.
These delicious energy bites of joy are packed with old fashioned rolled oats, raisins, dried cranberries, raw whole flaxseed, flaxseed meal, almonds, sunflower kernels, chocolate sesame butter, honey and more!
I hope you give these energy bites a try and be sure to enter the giveaway below so you can enter to win a Soom Sampler pack, a 12oz tahini and 12oz chocolate sesame butter, like you see above.
Who else will be eating healthier this month?
Chocolate Sesame Butter Flaxseed Energy Bites
- 1 cup + 1 tablespoon old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup Soom chocolate sesame butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chips or morsels
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 heaping tablespoon raw whole flax seeds
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- Special equipment suggested: cookie scoop
- Using a food processor, pulse together all of the ingredients until fully combined and the ingredients have formed together.
- Using a cookie scoop if you have one, form the mixture into balls (about a tablespoon) and place them on a baking sheet.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy! Energy bites can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3-5 days.
(open to residents within the United States only)
Disclosure: This is not a paid, sponsored post. I really love Soom Foods and wanted to help introduce this product to you all. The giveaway is sponsored and made possible by Soom Foods.