Mornings are always hectic in my house and breakfast isn’t necessarily a sit-down affair for me (though I wish it were!). And I’m usually trying to fit in a workout right after I drop off the kids. That’s why I came up with these tasty energy bites that give me just enough fuel to burn during a 3-mile run or online barre session until I can sit down for a proper post-workout meal.
These 86-calorie bites are nut and dairy-free, so they’re also great when you need to bring a snack to your kid’s school. They’re also gluten-free. You can boost the protein content by mixing in a scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder (add to the sunflower butter). It’s a super versatile recipe, so play with it and let me know what you come up with! This recipe originally ran in my cookbook, Eating in Color.
ULTIMATE POWER BITES
Makes about 25 bites
1/2 cup puffed millet
1 cup puffed rice
1/2 cup diced pitted prunes
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup honey
3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- In a large bowl, toss together the puffed millet and puffed rice. Add the diced prunes, chocolate chips and sesame seeds.
- Stir in the sunflower butter and honey. You should now have a nice sticky mess! Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Place the coconut in a small bowl. Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture and form it into 1-inch balls with you hands. Roll the balls in the coconut and transfer to a container. You can store the bites in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer in a zip-top freezer bag for up to 1 month, but I bet they won’t last that long!