These little goodies are full of healthful ingredients PLUS they happen to taste like cookie dough, if you ask me. They are full of good tasting ingredients and have loads of fiber and protein to boot. I freeze them in packages of 3-4 and pull them out when I need them. The kids go wild for them and one of my favorite pig-guys-that-I’ve-never-met went wild for them when I sent him some last week. I promise I’ll make you more again soon, Dave!
These are wonderful any time of day for a boost of energy. They hold together well and are great to snack on during long hunts, or days away from the kitchen and steady meals. I’ll be packing these for my daughter to take to her softball games this spring and packing them for our family during the busy harvest days in the fall.
Today we went to Grandma and Grandpas to haul corn to town. This little guy wasn’t happy about that at all… (haha, totally kidding.) Also, when you can sneak a picture of your ultra-serious-farmer-Dad and there is a smile, that one is going in the memory book!
I stopped by to see the tractor (my sister and I call it OUR tractor because its the one we drive sorry Dad) because it had a yearly maintenance appointment and the ‘shine’ put to it at the John Deere store this week. Let me tell you something, these guys knocked it out of the park.
And hopefully they are reading this because I’m dropping off my S.U.V. there Monday. (kidding) They even left my lipgloss, emergency diaper (hello I have a toddler), and snacks right where they were.
This mild weather can certainly stick around!
I hope you have a great weekend and do nothing but things you want to and love.
Tractor Approved No Bake Energy Bites
By: Cristen www.foodandswine.com
3/4 C creamy peanut butter or almond butter
3 TBSP light olive oil or vegetable oil
1 TBSP butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/3 C honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 C regular rolled oats
1 1/2 C roasted salted almonds, roughly chopped
1 1/2 C salted peanuts, roughly chopped
1/4 C sesame seeds
1 1/2 C mini chocolate chips or mixture of mini and large chocolate chips
In a medium saucepan combine peanut butter, oil, butter, cinnamon and honey. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer 30 seconds. Remove from heat, cool to warm. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl combine oats, almonds, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Place half of this mixture in a food processor, pulse until fine. (Don’t over-process because the nuts can get hot and turn into nut butter!) Add this mixture back to large mixing bowl. Stir in cooled (warm) peanut butter-oil -honey mixture until well combined. Add chocolate chips and mix together with clean hands to incorporate. Scoop 2 tsp – 1 TBSP each, form into balls. Chill until firm. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Makes 4 dozen bites.
*Feel free to sub some of the oats for chia seeds, flax seeds, ground flaxmeal, etc. Substitute the nuts to work around an allergy if necessary as well.