Energy. It’s a four letter word around here these days (would it be E-N-G-Y? N-R-G-Y? I’m too tired to even figure that much out.).
Some seasons of life are just that way, right? You have a baby who throws awesome crib parties at 3 AM, or you try to start a business because staring at that nondescript-gray cubicle wall for one more day is worse than 3 AM crib parties. Sleeping until 7 or being in bed by 9 both seem like the most lovely gifts you could be given.
I hear ya.
It is precisely then that we, adventurous do-it-all (and preferably all-at-once) types, are perhaps most inclined to reach for lazy food.
You know, chocolate things from packages with long list of ingredients and more sugar than a slice of carrot cake with 1/2″ of frosting slathered on top.
We crash at 2 PM and bleary eyed begin pawing around the kitchen for something, anything, that will bring our poor brains a jolt of glucose to get going again. Heck, I occasionally experienced the 2 o’clock slump BEFORE I spent my days at home with a toddler and infant while working full time.
What we need, my friends, are energy bites.
Something with carbs to give us a little boost quickly, and fiber and protein to keep us from slumping again at 2:30. Preferably something that we can also offer our kids when they inevitably catch us consuming said snack in the 15 seconds that they left our side.
And when your kid catches you sneaking some at 10 AM because the slump hit early that day, you can rename them “brownie bites” and be the coolest mom ever (ever = the next 15 minutes. At best.).
If this sounds all-too-familiar, know two things. 1) I’m right there with you, and 2) I made these chocolatey, peanut buttery, healthy snacks to make both of our afternoons a little better.
Bite away and be energized!
- 1 cup dates (make sure they're pitted!)
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
- ½ cup ground flax meal
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Place dates in bowl of food processor and pulse 3 times or until dates are roughly chopped. Scrape dates down the edges of the bowl and barely cover in very hot water (probably ½ to 1 cup). Let sit for 10 minutes or until dates are slightly softened. Pour off any water that remains.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until mixture forms a ball, 2 minutes or so (you may need to break it up slightly and process again if the ingredients are not well distributed). Form into 1" balls with a cookie scoop. Alternatively, you can pat the mixture into a ½" thick square, let dry for 15-20 minutes, and then cut into bars.