While some of us may still be waking up early to get the gym for that new resolution, the light is most likely starting to dim for the rest of us. So, here is a good recipe to help combat the battle of waning exercise and instead focus on the area of better eating. Protein and fiber are a good combination for sustained energy through the day. With no baking involved and the prep time under 10 minutes this recipe is golden for busy moms and dads. It is also a tasty treat for young kids. Scoop away!
GF Peanut Butter Bites
These are delicious and filling, a perfect grab and go snack.
1 cup oats (use a gluten-free oats such as Bob’s Red Mill)
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons dried raisins
¼ cup sunflower seeds
Wax or parchment paper
Add the oats and coconut to the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and process until coarsely chopped.
In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Scoop mixture out into 1 tablespoon-sized balls and place on a wax paper lined sheet pan. Freeze for about 30 minutes, then place into a container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Yield: 15 servings (serving size: 2 bites)
Nutrient Breakdown: Calories 180, Fat 12g (2g saturated fat), Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrate 14g (6g added sugar), Fiber 3g, Protein 6g.
Diabetes Exchanges: 1 high fat protein, 1 “healthy” fat
This recipe comes from our Eating Well with Kim contributor, Kim Beavers. Kim is co-host of the culinary nutrition segment by the same name that airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW. For new recipes join www.facebook.com/eatingwellwithkimb.
Photo provided by Kim Beavers
Kim Beavers, contributor of the Augusta Family Magazine.