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I Tried Making Energy Balls...

... and I failed. Miserably.

Well, miserably if you consider it absolutely essential that they be perfectly round. They are energy lumps, which sounds like a bizarre, Black Eyed Peas-esque euphemism for breasts.

But all is not lost  whatever you want to call them, these snacks taste pretty good, so I may as well tell you how I made them.

I used the Almond Butter Oat Balls recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod. My failure, I think, is entirely down to me being too enthusiastic with the microwave when I softened the almond butter and coconut oil, rather than the fault lying with the recipe itself.

I wouldn't say the oat balls/bites (bites? I'm going to call them bites; it sounds nicer than 'lumps') were a particularly healthy snack  they're more like a (delicious) vegan alternative to chocolate or cake. They're tasty, moreish, and there for you when you need them.

Almond Butter Oat Bites



Almond Butter Oat Bites by Two Peas & Their Pod

Makes 20 balls, or about 16 randomly-sized bites if you're me

Ingredients


  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup oats
  • Half cup shredded coconut (I used desiccated coconut)
  • 2 tsp honey, or 2 tsp maple syrup if you want to make the recipe vegan
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips


Method

  • Soften the almond butter and coconut oil in the microwave for about 20 seconds. (Less if you have a 900 watt microwave. Whatever you do, do not forget and leave the mixture in there for 30 seconds like I did.)
  • Mix in the oats, coconut, honey/maple syrup and dark chocolate chips.
  • Shape the mixture into balls and put them in the fridge for at least an hour before eating.


Have you ever had any kitchen mishaps? Let me know in the comments!

Beth, 24, UK. I'm a writer who loves books, animals, yoga, travel, and the Oxford comma. I share my experiences of trying a cruelty-free, vegetarian and low waste lifestyle, with the odd bit of twenty-something angst thrown in. beth.toasty@gmail.com

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