So I have done the unthinkable (for me).
My best friend Danielle and I have started this new crazy workout program that is 12 weeks long. It’s a combination of cardio and circuit training, 6 days a week (which sounds insane, but so far it has actually been quite manageable).
It’s called BBG (Bikini Body Guide) by Kayla Itsines, and the community of ladies all over the world doing it is so wonderful! Everyone encourages one another, and it really motivates you to stick with it. Paired with clean and healthy eating, I feel absolutely awesome so far!!
However, as a pastry chef in training…I definitely still have the baker brain on constantly.
I have been a little scared to bake at home since I started the workouts two weeks ago out of fear that it would mess up my progress. Buuut, I can be a baker and still be healthy.
I will say I do have the occasional craving for something sweet (but that won’t totally ruin my day of being healthy). That’s why I thought I’d start off with these healthy energy bites!
These guys are perfect. Less than 100 calories per bite, and they’re packed with great flavor. Super easy to throw together (and you can adjust them to your liking with different add-ins…which I looove because you get sick of the same ‘ol stuff after a while).
Peanut Butter Energy Bites (Recipe adapted from The Conscious Dietitian)
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
3 tablespoons ground flax
1/2 cup seeds (I did a combo of sunflower, sesame and pepitas)
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used a dried berry mix from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons water (if necessary after refrigerating)
Toast the coconut either in a 350 degree oven for 1oish minutes, or on the stove in a frying pan on medium for 2-3 minutes (stirring constantly). Toss together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with your hands until everything is incorporated. Refrigerate for half an hour to an hour. If the mixture seems too dry or crumbly, add the water. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls (you should get about 22 bites). Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze them.
So easy. So good. Perfect post or pre-gym snack, something easy to grab on your way out the door. And since you can freeze them, make a huge batch one day to have on hand for whenever you’re in a pinch.
If you hate coconut, throw in something else! Or if you want to use almond butter instead that’d be really yummy too. Maybe some mini dark chocolate chips? Put some cinnamon and dried apples for some warm flavors. Mix it up y’all! I definitely will be! 😀