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Healthy Oatmeal Energy Bites

Healthy Oatmeal Energy Bites

When I’m at college I rely heavily on the power of snacks to get me through my day. While cookies are my preferred snack, some days I crave something a little more filling. That’s where my healthy oatmeal bites come in handy. Packed with fiber from the oats and natural sweetened with dates and raisins, these bites provide a sustained energy perfect for getting me through those late night classes. The bites have a pleasant chewy texture that pairs perfectly with a nice hot cup of tea. I hope you enjoy them!


Ingredients

1 tbs chia (mixed with 2 1/2 tbs water)

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup oat bran (or more rolled oats)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground cinnamon

 1/2 cup dates (with 2 tbs water)

1 cup apple sauce

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 1/4 cup raisins 


Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Start by combining 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 2 1/2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Give the mixture a good stir, and set it aside to thicken while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Take the 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats and the 1/2 cup oat bran and add to a food processor or blender. Blend on high until the oats are the consistency of flour. 
  4. Add the blended oats to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 2 teaspoons cinnamon to the bowl and stir until combined.
  6. Add 1/2 cup dates and 2 tablespoons of water to a food processor or blender. Blend on high until the dates form a thick paste. Add the paste to a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add the 1 cup apple sauce and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract to the bowl and stir. 
  8. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until the two mixtures are combined. 
  9. Gently fold  the 1/2 cup raisins into the mixture.
  10. Form the mixture into cookies and place them on a large baking sheet.
  11. Bake the cookies in the over for 10-12 minutes. 
  12. When the cookies are done they can be stored in the fridge for later, or enjoyed immediately with a nice hot cup of tea. Enjoy!

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