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Friday, February 22, 2019

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites

Dinners get a lot of attention, don't they? It's all about the dinner. What are you making for dinner? What are we having for dinner?

Quick and easy dinner recipes are sought after. And I get it, I'm there with you. I'm always searching for new ways to make quick, easy, and nutritious dinners for those weeknights after a long day of work. But breakfast and lunch need a little attention to.

Who eats a good breakfast every morning? I know no one is whipping up a well-balanced breakfast at 6am before your way into work. If you are, I applaud you and you deserve a medal. I think most of us hit the coffee first, then maybe search for a bagel or a packaged granola bar. Yogurt is a good idea, but I've always needed something solid to get me going in the morning and for me yogurt is more of a mid-morning hold-me-over-til-lunch snack. So, if you're needing an energy-packed quick and easy breakfast that you can eat in the car or bring to work and eat at your desk, breakfast energy bites are for you.

I'm obsessed with dark chocolate bars and chopping them up for recipes. I love the variations in sizes and the dark chocolate flavor is so rich it helps to town down any sweetness. These dark chocolate almond butter energy bites are everything you need to get you out the door in the morning. Ground flaxseed, chia seeds, almond butter, and did I mention dark chocolate chunks? The ground flaxseed almost takes on a cinnamon-like flavor it was so warm and was the perfect match for the richness of the chocolate. Make these on Sunday and you'll have your grab-and-go breakfasts for the week!

A note about the recipe, you can buy ground flaxseed or do it yourself. I preferred to buy the seeds and put them in my Nutribullet to create the powder.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites are a quick and easy breakfast or morning snack with coffee. Packed with energy rich flaxseed and chia seeds these are so easy you'll want to make these every week!

-2 cups quick oats
-1 cup almond butter
-1 cup chopped dark chocolate (I use Lindt 72% Dark Chocolate)
-1/3 cup honey
-1/4 cup ground flaxseed
-1 tablespoon chia seeds
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Combine the oats, almond butter, vanilla, and honey. Stir in the ground flaxseed and chia seeds. Lastly, stir in the chopped chocolate. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

2. Once chilled, remove from the fridge and roll into balls. Towards the end it might get a little sticky as the warmth from your hands warms the mixture. If you need to, pop the bowl back in the fridge for a few minutes and then finish up rolling the last of the bites.

I like to keep these in the fridge, the coolness is refreshing and the chocolate chunks get an extra crispiness.

Adapted from: Two Peas and Their Pod

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