Meatless Meals (I Wish) My Mother Made

I have been having a tough time coming up with something to eat between teaching and dinner. I get home at about 1:30 (I teach part time) and have been grazing all morning at school but that is not enough to tide me over until dinner. I saw this recipe and thought it would be great to try — and it was! Easy to make, easy to store, easy to eat, tasty, filling. Win-win-win-win-win!

Take care, though — they are very calorie-dense, so you don’t want to eat a whole mess of them at once.

Pictures on food blogs = food porn. Pictures of food on my blog = gives you a general idea of what it looks like.

Peanut Butter and Oat Energy Bites from The Cilantropist

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup (or more) dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure to evenly distribute all the ingredients.

Once mixed, if it is not sufficiently sticky, add a bit more peanut butter or honey. If it’s too wet, add oats or flax.

Once it’s just right, take a bit and roll it into a ball.

That’s all!

You could, of course, change up the ingredients — different seeds, different fruits. You could also make them sweeter with chocolate, carob, or yogurt chips.

They’ll keep in the fridge for a week or two in an airtight container, but I don’t think they’ll last that long!

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