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You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry. No really, I might look all friendly and stuff, but come on over sometime when I don’t have any snacks in the house. Especially during race training.
It’s Ferrigno, times ten.
(Oops, did I just give up my age with the Ferrigno thing?)
Does it ever happen to you? It starts out innocently enough, with a small rumbly in the tumbly, but then, with little to no warning, the beast emerges and in mere moments it looks like a whirlwind has hit the kitchen. Willpower out the window. Wrappers everywhere. Even a microwave minute is too long, so nothing is safe, including the baking chips and can of whipped cream in the fridge. It’s not pretty, and if I’m alone? Well, I’ll spare you the graphic details…
So, in an effort to spare everyone around me the horror of who I become when I’m hungry, I do keep snacks in the house. A little something different for everyone – my kids love fruit, my husband likes crackers, and me? If I have my choice, I’ll pick chocolate every time. Problem is, plain old chocolate isn’t satisfying when real hunger hits. That’s why I’m choosing chocolate and lots of protein with my new favorite Energy Bites Recipe.
Energy bites can range from super sweet to almost bitter, but I’ve found the perfect balance with this recipe. Flavored with pure cocoa powder and lots of almond butter, then sweetened with honey and a secret ingredient that sets these bites apart from the pack: SNICKERS® Almond Bars.
SNICKERS Almond bars are perfect because they meld with the other ingredients in the bites, and provide a little sweetness of their own.
See those chunks in there? Just enough yummy caramel, nougat, almonds and chocolate to make them super satisfying. (I use one bar per batch, but the recipe can handle two, if you’d like.)
They’re not finished until they’re rolled in even more almonds to add crunch on top of crunch and even more staying power.
(Tip: since the “dough” is not overly sticky, the nuts stick best if you bury the balls and push down a little.)
These energy bites have become my newest go-to post-workout snack. I think I’ve mentioned before that there is a doughnut shop right across from my gym, and two of these guys is more than enough to keep me far away from there. That’s no small feat after an intense spin class.
The whole recipe comes together in just a few minutes, and you’ll get about 24 bites. You’ll be snacking for a week!
Just remember to make them ahead of time, so you don’t Hulk out on any innocent bystanders when hunger hits. That’s never good.
Trust me. I know.
- 1 SNICKERS® Almond Bar, chopped* (use up to 2 bars, if desired)
- 1 cup dry old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup finely chopped almonds
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl except chopped almonds.
- If mixture is dry and crumbly, adjust with a little more honey. Cover and refrigerate until chilled for easier handling (approx 30 minutes.) Put chopped almonds on a plate.
- Remove from fridge and roll mixture into balls (1" diameter size is recommended), coating each ball with chopped almonds as you go. (Mixture may become less sticky as it sits.)
- Cover or store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Find SNICKERS® Almond, SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares and SNICKERS® Extreme in the bagged candy aisle at Walmart. Any variety will work great in this recipe, so feel free to experiment with different nut butters, too.
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What’s your favorite snack when you get seriously hangry?