Sunday, January 20, 2013

Winter Walks & No-Bake Energy Bites

Gorgeous winter days are wonderful.

Yesterday the Hubs and I decided to take off on a nice little hike while the sun was out & the breeze was blowing. I keep complaining that the hiking boots I got last summer are too clean-looking and wanted to get some dirt on those little babies...I'm so weird sometimes.

We hiked at Salt Fork State Park, which we are fortunate enough to live near. The snow is all gone, and most everything is brown. The crisp blue sky and the occasional shocks of green moss & rocks were a nice contrast. So beautiful. So nice to get some fresh air!

My Mr.

We did the quickie loop trail. I wanted to go down by the lake but it was WAY too muddy!


Oh, I just love this place! In the middle of a pine thicket there's an opening where the sun shines in. 

You're my blue sky- you're my sunny day





Billy said: "I feel like I'm in the Lord of the Rings right now" :)





This hike paired up PERFECTLY with the No-Bake Energy Bites I made last week!
I re-pinned the recipe from a friend on Pinterest. The original recipe is here
I made some modifications to fit my tastes & they came out SO GOOD! 
Here's the recipe I ended up with:

My Version of No Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients:
1 c. dry oats (I used quick-cooking oats)
2/3 c. toasted coconut flakes 
1/4 c. almond butter
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. chia seeds
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
1/3 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract

This recipe is so simple! Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl. It's a little stiff at first, but once you get it mixed, it combines well.

 
Cover the mix with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 
This will help when you roll out the energy balls later.

Once chilled, roll out into 1-1 1/2 inch balls. These are kind of big, but I was tired and wanted to get to bed. I needed to eat an energy bite before I made energy bites. Ha!

 
THAT'S IT!
 

I'm keeping them in Tupperware in the fridge- they're really good kind of cold.
This weekend I've had them for breakfast, a snack, and an after-lunch bite of sweetness. I'm already thinking of the ways I can do this differently next time. Adding dried fruit, flax seeds, and nuts would be nice, too. I'm thinking a cherry chocolate-chip (an ode to Cherry Garcia, maybe?) version will be next.  

Enjoy!