Spring soccer is upon us! And no, I’m not talking about my son. My husband has been playing soccer since before he could walk. Don’t believe me? I’m sure my in-laws could dig up a photo of him doing headers from his Jolly Jumper. Hubby just recovered from his 2nd knee surgery, so we were all really excited to hear his surgeon clear him for regular duty at work and mention he can go back to sports too. As an active guy, he hasn’t felt much like himself with the restrictions he’s been on the past couple years.
After a game this past week, he mentioned feeling really tired or in his words, like he “didn’t have enough gas in the tank.” After some time off that’s expected, but I want to do what I can to help give him some extra oomph. …especially since he plays after a full day at work which means starting his day at 4:30am or earlier.
Since I can’t pass on any of my own energy (and let’s get real here, my sweet toddler sucks up all of it as it is), I started looking for ways to pack him some extra protein to get through the day. There are a ton of variations of homemade protein bars out there, but we fell in love with this easy 5-ingredient recipe guideline found on Tasty.
Easy Energy Bites
These no-bake, EASY ENERGY BITES are easy to make with only 5 ingredients. You just need: peanut butter, oats, honey, ground flax seed, and mini chocolate chips.
Feel free to customize depending on what you prefer or already have in your pantry. (Full recipe below.) Instead of peanut butter, try almond or cashew butter. Don’t have flax seed? Omit it. Or add in some sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Get rid of the chocolate chips if you’re trying to be healthier. Or throw in some
M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces if you’re not. We normally try to consume raw, local honey, but happened to recently run out. Just remember to use ground flax seed if you’re going that route since your body has a hard time digesting whole.
Mix all your ingredients together until well combined, then pop in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Chilling your mixture will make it much easier to roll into bite-sized pieces. Tip for measuring honey: lightly spray your measuring spoon with cooking spray and it will slide right out.
Roll the chilled mixture into 1-inch balls. You’ll want to pack it in by using your hands. This can get sticky, so try coating your hands in butter, oil, or cooking spray. Once the ball shape is formed, you’ll want to roll it on a surface that has been lightly layered with some extra oats and chocolate chips. You may need to roll them again in your hands to get the oats and chocolate chips to stick. Enjoy and store any extras in the refrigerator.
Enjoy! These little energy bites are delicious and so easy to make! Even my toddler gobbles them up!
Store any extras in the refrigerator and quickly grab one as you’re running out the door for work or errands, pack in your kids lunchbox, or send some with your husband to pop throughout his day so he can score you that winning goal!
- 2/3 c creamy peanut butter
- 1 c old fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 T honey
- 1/4 c mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 c ground flax seed
- Mix all ingredients until combined
- Cover and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes
- Roll into 1-inch balls
- Roll on surface covered with additional oats and chocolate chips, packing by hand
- They are ready to eat
- Store extras in refrigerator
Let me know what you think and how you customize them for your family!