Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

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Spring Break is approaching it’s final days, then it’s back to school for the last of the 2015-2016 school year. I will need something to get my motor running……… Cranberry Almond Energy Bites.


Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

I am always running later than I want too! I start getting ready for school early enough, but somewhere between the shower and the door……..I think I enter a time warp, or fall into a black hole…….anyway, I am always running out the door.

But, I believe in the power of breakfast. After a good nights sleep you need to refuel your tank. But, for the running late me, it needs to be a grab and go, eat in the car kinda thing. Cranberry Almond Energy Bites are certainly that kind of breakfast.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Loaded with oatmeal, almonds, and almond butter, you will have all the protein you need to start your day. Chia seeds and flax add an additional health boost and cranberries and coconut add a bit of sweetness.

Since I have been on Spring Break, and doing Spring Break things…..no alarm, a few extra hours of sleep…..it will be hard to get back into the groove.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

I have a plan, or I should say I made a plan. I made the Cranberry Almond Energy Bites this week, and I am already for that first day back to school. I can grab a couple of the bites and a cup of joe and head on out the door! Hopefully on time……..but, lets not get hysterical!

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

If you need that make ahead grab and go breakfast, try these bites. A big shout out to The Creative Bite for the recipe I found on Pinterest.

For now, I plan on enjoying my last few days of Spring Break!!!

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Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. oatmeal
  • ⅓ c. sliced almonds
  • ⅓ c. sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • ½ c. almond butter
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • ⅓ c. dried cranberries, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Bake oatmeal, almonds and coconut for 8-10 minutes at 350°, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. (My coconut was already toasted so I did not add it to the oatmeal and almonds)
  2. In a medium bowl microwave the almond butter for 20-30 seconds until runny, add the baked mix along with flaxseed, honey, chia seeds and cranberries to the bowl.
  3. Form into 1.5" balls and refrigerate. I used a small ice cream scoop to make sure they were uniform. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to one week or freezer for 3 months.
Notes
To make shaping the balls easier I sprayed my hands with coconut spray.
I also rolled them in extra coconut and almonds for a pretty look!

 

 

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Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

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Need a quick grab and go breakfast treat? Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies are just the ticket!


Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

I am always looking for a quick and easy grab and go breakfast. Granola bars are great, but I want to know …….and be able to pronounce the things that are in my food.

I know this is odd, but I do not like cooked oatmeal, I love how it smells….must be a texture thing. But, I love it in a baked item. Weird right?

Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal is good for you and can help reduce cholesterol, can help stabilize blood sugar, and may reduce the risk of heart problems when combined with a heart healthy diet. Plus in these cookies it tastes awesome.

While I admit the other items in the cookie may not be the lowest in fat or sugar, they all have certain benefits.

Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

Pistachios…my new favorite nut, as I eluded to in the Pistachio Pudding Bundt Cake post earlier this week…..are cholesterol free, sodium free and lower in fat than other nuts. They have potassium, and fiber. Adding pistachios to carb rich food such as rice and pasta may have a glucose and insulin lovering effect.

Everyone know the benefits of bananas, plus they can replace fat in baking so, double score for the banana.

I know, I know, dried cranberries have sugar, but buy the low sugar variety and keep your consumption at a reasonable amount and it’s all good!

Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

Same goes for coconut. It is enjoying its day in the sun, but as it is high in fat content be mindful of its consumption.

Mixing the cookies was easy. ai used a ring for a mason jar as a mold to ensure that all the cookie were round and of the same size.

Another thing I discovered is that the longer these cookies set the better they taste, the flavor just sorta blend to gather and complement each other.

Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies

For this recipe I used as much organic as I could find to increase the benefit. The combo of all the ingredients gives a fiber filled, cookie that keep your sugar level even and a boost of energy to last you for the morning, until that mid morning snack, which could be another Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookie!

Cranberry Pistachio Breakfast Cookies
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Serves: 20
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups coarsely chopped Pistachios
  • ½ cup dried Cranberries
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, warm enough to be liquid
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine oats, coconut, Chia, salt, pistachios, and Cranberries. Stir in bananas, oil, honey and vanilla until well combined.
  2. Press 2 tablespoons of mixture into a 2½-inch round cookie cutter onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Continue with remaining mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until fragrant and golden. Cool on pan.

 

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