Hello and happy “Stay At Home Sunday” because that’s a thing now. With everything going on in the world, I have reverted back to one of my favorite past times and that’s stress baking. Yep, nothing makes me feel better than honesty whipping of a batch of “whatever” and then sharing or eating that said “whatever”. Since sharing is a little bit out of the question with this virus going on, you can find Phillip and myself eating these little beauties every morning for breakfast for the foreseeable future!
Today’s “whatever” I decided to bake item is what I like to call; Ragnar Race Energy Bites. Now, before you’re all impressed thinking we ran a Ragnar Race– we did not. But we did volunteer to work at the one in Kona, Hawaii in 2016 and it was a blast! It was 24 hours of taking names, making sure people had what they needed and small amounts of food when we had time. These little energy bites were one of the items that kept us going that whole hot (90+ degree) summer day. I had whipped them up the night before knowing we would need some sort of food and I am so happy I did. Our cooler was getting raided when people found out we had these little goodies stashed away. They have become a regular in our house for pre and post workout snacks, quick breakfasts or road trip yummies!
It is most likely also the easiest thing I know how to make; besides jello…but it’s only 6 ingredients, requires a bowl, spoon and a cookie sheet. THAT’S IT! You don’t even need an oven! So, let’s get going on these little balls, they require a minimal amount of handling. (Hey, I never promised this blog was 100% kid-friendly).
RAGNAR RACE ENERGY BALLS
| MAKES ABOUT 22-27 BITES | PREP AND MAKE TIME: 10 MIN |
1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup of honey
1/2 cup of mini Reeses Pieces ( you can use whatever specialty shelled candy or chip, I prefer mini Reeses Pieces or Reeses chips)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Measure all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. I like to use my KitchenAid stand mixer because the dough can get pretty sticky. You are more than welcome to use a bowl and a spoon though and work those arm muscles! *You go Glen Coco*
Once mixed into a even dough, the peanut butter should not look creamy any more, scoop out the dough and roll into 1″ balls.
Place the 1″ balls onto a cookie sheet and into the refrigerator for 30 min to chill. They shouldn’t be super sticky to the touch when done.
Feel free to freeze as many as you’d like for future use! Must be kept in the fridge when not frozen.