This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #MyHonestTea #CollectiveBias I picked up everything for this easy recipe at Kroger. In fact, it’s National Organic Month and Kroger is featuring Honest Tea bottles 4 for $5 for the entire month of September! Woot! Pair your favorite flavor of Honest Tea with my Easy Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites Recipe for the perfect high energy snack. These energy bites are super easy to make and require no baking – just mix, roll, refrigerate, and eat!
Since I’m on a high protein almost no carb diet at the moment, and unlike my other energy bites recipes: Caramel Apple Pie Energy Bites, S’Mores energy Bars, and Cheerios Energy Bites, this Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites Recipe has almost no carbs and focuses instead on high protein and high-fat content.
Now, why would I switch from high carb bites to high fat and protein bites? Well, it’s called Ketosis. And if you can get your body to burn stored fat as fuel, you can lose weight without having to be as concerned about counting calories. At least, it’s worked for me before and I’m willing to try again.
Plus, walking through the organic produce aisles at Kroger always inspires me to eat organic. I mean, just look at all the colorful fruits and veggies! I love picking out the freshest ones for snacks and meals all week long!
Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites Recipe
So, this easy recipe creates an energy bite that is not only organic but along the lines of what you would eat for a snack on a high protein diet.
The secret to being successful on a high fat, high protein diet, is to almost completely eliminate all sugar and carbs from your diet. This is not easy to do, so I use a food scale and measuring spoons to keep track of what I’m eating. I also avoid beverages with any carbs, which is why the unsweetened Honest Tea, Organic “Just” Green Tea is absolutely perfect for me. I love the flavor and it has zero carbs.
Another thing I try to do is get plenty of exercise. Which is why when my husband asked me to go on a hike, I gave him an enthusiastic “yes”.
Now a few things about my husband. He’s a mountain man. I’ve seen him climb steep rocks and hike some of the steepest passes a man can hike. He loves the outdoors. And honestly Y’all, I wanted to marry Indiana Jones. And my husband is as close to Indiana Jones as you can get. Not Harrison Ford, but the fictitious character Indiana Jones from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. He’s also from Texas, so flavors like “Peach Oo-La-Long Tea” and “Mango White Tea” satisfy his preferences for southern style tea.
But I’m getting off track. More on our hike at the bottom of this post. You can get the full story on how we met and fell in love and all that jazz below. Let me first give you my easy recipe for these Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites. They’re goo-ood. But they’re also aptly called “fat bombs”. So don’t eat too many. Even on a high protein, high fat diet you can’t go crazy on the calories and expect to lose weight.
Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites Recipe
Now first off, let me just say, I love the way it feels to enjoy the crunch of a nut. Biting into a yummy, peanut-butter and coconut oil treat with vanilla flavors is made all the more perfect when you have a nut-filled morsel inside. This recipe is NOT for the person with nut allergies, but it is perfect for nut-lovers like me and it comes with all the flavor and aroma of your favorite nuts inside.
I styled this recipe after using one of my favorite organic nut mixes. The mix actually comes with dried fruit and chocolate morsels, but I can’t eat any of that. So I had to sort through and pull out just the nuts from the mix.
In my mind, the key to this recipe is to break up the larger nuts with a mallet. Putting the nuts into a food processor and grinding them up would have robbed me of the joy of the nutty “crunch” that happens when you bite into a nut. So in my mind, there was no other way. I put 1.5 cups of nuts into a tough zippered sealed bag and went to town with the hammer side of my meat tenderizer. The almonds and walnuts were the largest nuts so I focused on breaking them down to size.
The result? A perfect blend of nutty flavor with a touch of vanilla and coconut. Oh. Soooo. Good.
High Protein Snacking
I can honestly say that both my husband and I both enjoyed this easy recipe for Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites. My husband also loved being able to taste the crunch of the nuts and the combination of vanilla and coconut flavors has a real appeal. So with our further delay, here is a quick tutorial on How to Make my Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites Recipe.
How to Make my Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites Recipe
Step 1: Gather all the ingredients for this no-bake easy recipe. Sub out your favorite all-nut mix to create an energy bite option that you and your family will love.
Step 2: Follow the recipe instructions to mix your concoction. I used a cookie scoop to dollop the mix out of the bowl. But if you do not have one, just roll the mix in your hands. I recommend greasing your hands with coconut oil first to make the energy bites less sticky.
Step 3: Roll the energy bites and place them on parchment paper for quick and easy eating. To help the coconut oil harden faster, I placed the cookie sheet in the fridge with the balls of energy bites on top. This shortened the time between mixing and eating. Store any unused portion in a ziplock bag. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
This photo is missing the flax seed and it has both the stevia and honey. If you delete the honey you’ll save about six calories and 2 grams of carbs per energy bite.
Ingredients for Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups Raw unsalted Mixed Nuts
- 1/3 cup Smooth organic unsweetened Peanut Butter [net 4 carbs per serving]
- 1 cup Flax Seed
- 2 Tablespoons organic Honey OR liquid Stevia
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1/2 Cup organic Coconut Oil – melted
Step 1: Gather ingredients. Pre-measure all your ingredients into bowls to make it easy to combine.
Step 2: Crush the nuts. Pour the nuts into a large freezer zip closure bag and hammer with a mallet. Try to break the larger nuts into smaller pieces – about the size of a pumpkin seed. Once broken up, pour the nuts into a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: Add the additional ingredients. When adding dry ingredients I go from largest size to smallest size – with liquids going in first. The purpose of the flax seed is two-fold. It adds heavenly fiber, but it also cuts down on stickiness. If it seems to stop mixing in, stop adding it and cut off the addition of it right where you are at when mixing. Since it’s the last thing to go in, add it slowly and see what it does to the mix.
Step 4: Roll or scoop into 1″ – 2″ balls. Use your spoon or spatula to scoop out small chunks of the mix and gently roll the mixture into balls approximately 1 1/2″ in diameter. You can use parchment paper to keep them separated. They will seem gooey and sticky. Place the energy bites into the fridge for half an hour and the will transform into perfectly edible bites.
This recipe yields approximately 20 Crunchy Nutty Organic Energy Bites. Calories per bite: 200 with 9 grams of carbs per bite.
Why I married Indiana Jones
My husband and I met on eHarmony. I wasn’t looking to meet someone online. But my sister threatened to build a profile for me and to keep her from creating something with her preferences, I got her to stop meddling by creating a profile of my own.
Now, there was no down-select on eHarmony for “superhero adventurer”, but after a few conversations, I knew that Jimmy was someone I wanted to spend more time with.
One weekend we hiked a beautiful place near Aspen, and that’s where I realized how much I enjoyed my husband’s company. He taught me so much about the wilderness, and we got to see many beautiful animals and trails. You can see some of the photos I’ve taken here: 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids. We share a love of God’s creation and sincere hearts for seeing it preserved and protected.
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Where can you find Honest T?
You can find Honest Tea at Kroger. Use this link to Find a Kroger Store Nearby. I found Honest Tea in the organic beverages aisle and most of the other ingredients on the baking aisle or fresh produce area. Look around your store for even more great organic products and celebrate National Organic Month! Kroger also has a special offer for Honest Tea – you can get special pricing for PET Honest Tea bottles at 4 for $5 for the entire month of September. By the way, one of the really cool things about Honest Tea is that they support the Fair Trade act.
A few definitions [in case you are curious]:
- Organic: According to the USDA, organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.
- Fair Trade: Fair Trade certification means that workers picking our tea leaves are paid a fair wage for their work. It also means the working conditions meet set criteria such as minimum wage levels, freedom of association and sustainable agriculture practices. The Fair Trade premiums are used by the tea gardens to invest in their farms and communities, for such projects as better roads and electricity, factory improvements to enhance productivity, vaccines, school buses, and more. Honest Tea was the first company in the U.S. to make a ready-to-drink bottled tea using Fair Trade tea leaves. Our Fair Trade partner is Fair Trade USA.
- Real-brewed: Honest Tea brews their teas with real tea leaves, just like you’d make at home (only on a much bigger scale!)
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