There is something about bite-sized food that gets to me. In a good way. I just think it’s the best idea, which is why my muffins are always mini. That being said, granola bars are great, but energy BITES are even better!
These energy bites are really healthy, too. They have a cup of spinach (which you cannot taste, unlike my sweet kale muffins), that provides iron on top of protein from protein powder and healthy fats from natural peanut butter. Can’t beat that. There is some honey in them as well, but these bites are mostly sweetened from pureed raisins.
A couple of these make for the perfect post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast.
Super Healthy Peanut Butter Spinach Energy Bites
1 cup oats
1/4 cup ground flax
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup fresh spinach
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp protein powder (any flavor)
1. Soak raisins in 1/4 cup water for 30 minutes to an hour. After they are finished soaking, drain most of the water (all but about a teaspoon or two) and place them in the food processor. Process until only small chunks are left. Add peanut butter, spinach, and honey to the mixture and process until smooth.
2. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flax, chia seeds, salt, and protein powder. Mix well.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is sticky. Depending on what type of peanut butter you use, the mixture could be too dry or too wet. If too dry, add water one teaspoon at a time until sticky enough to form into balls. If too wet, add oatmeal one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is the right consistency.
4. Scoop out the mixture one tablespoon at a time and form into balls. If desired, cover the balls in melted chocolate (this makes it less healthy but probably more delicious). Stick in the fridge to store and enjoy!