My nephew, Noah, appears to be your typical front toothless 6 year old boy. But Noah is far from typical. You could say he marches to the beat of his own drum, and that is far more literal than you would believe. The kid has energy like I have never seen and a personality that makes me sometimes think there is actually a little adult somewhere hiding in his body. From the time he was able to move on his own, everything he touched became a drum. That may seem pretty normal, sure lots of kids turn pots and pans into a set of bongo drums, but Noah had rhythm, even at 1. He could keep a beat and it has amazed me to watch him over the years and now as he beats on his real drum set.
The thing about Noah that gets me? He hates peanut butter! This is the one thing about him that makes me question if we are really related. Obviously if we are together, that means more for me, but I just am always amazed that he could care less for anything with even the slightest amount of peanut butter. Trust me, I have tried again and again to see if he will eat it but he just doesn’t like it. Considering at least 50% of my recipes seem to have peanut butter, Noah surely can’t be too pleased with me.
So, this recipe is dedicated to my little guy. I have figured out a way to make an oatmeal energy bite without the use of peanut butter. To be honest, I never really thought almond butter would be that great for one of these recipes, but it actually works quite well. The only thing you have to be careful of is if your almond butter is super dry. That can cause a problem. I was at the end of a jar and that was the case with one batch and they were a bit dry–tasty, but dry. As with the Almond Joy candy bar, these bites contain all the important ingredients: dark chocolate, almonds and coconut. The rest just adds extra fiber, protein and a little bit of sweetness. I used maple syrup for my batch but I am sure honey could work just fine as well. I also kept these refrigerated since that’s where my almond butter stays as well. They didn’t last too long though! These Almond Joy Oatmeal Energy Bites are easy to stash for the road so that you have them ready when you start to feel that slump in your day.
Whether you have peanut allergies or like Noah you just don’t like peanut butter, these are for you!
- 1 cup rolled oats regular or gluten free
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup ground flax
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 c maple or honey
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 T dark chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips into a medium sized mixing bowl.
Stir well until all ingredients combined well.
Roll in chocolate chips.
Roll into bite sized balls.
Chill for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Optional addin: 1/4 tsp almond extract