Energy bites have become a popular snack and for a good reason. These little balls typically include whole grain oats, healthy fats like nut butters, chia seeds, or flaxseeds, and even protein powder to create a balance of macronutrients.
As you probably already know, foods that are high in fat can slow digestion. This isn’t something you want when you already digest food slowly so to make this recipe gastroparesis-friendly, the regular peanut butter is replaced with PB2 powdered peanut butter. This cuts the amount of fat significantly! I also avoided using chia or flaxseeds as they are high in fiber.
PB2 doesn’t have quite the same taste as regular peanut butter because when you remove the some of the fat you remove some of the flavor. Even so, these energy bites are a great option if you are craving something sweet and want a healthier, lower fat snack.
These bites are gluten free as long as you make your own oat flour from certified gluten free oats. You can do this by placing your oats into a blender and blending until they reach a flour consistency.
PB2 Energy Bites
- 1/2 cup PB2 powdered peanut butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 cups oat flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
In a small bowl, mix PB2 and water together until it resembles a peanut butter consistency. Add honey and stir to combine.
In a medium bowl, stir oat flour and cinnamon together. Add the PB2 and honey mixture and stir. When it becomes difficult to stir, use your hands to combine.
Roll the mixture into balls the size of a ping-pong ball.
-Keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. They also freeze well!
-Nutrition information (1 energy bite): 90 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 18.5 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein
Questions of the day:
Have you tried energy bites? What is your favorite flavor?