Energy Bites and Special Brownies

It’s no secret that I LOVE sweets, border on being addicted to chocolate, and live for creating healthier desert options.

I should note that by ‘Special Brownies’ I  mean brownies that are low-fat, gluten-free and have no eggs or dairy aka vegan. If you are looking for a different kind of special brownie although you should read  on for awesome  photos you have come to the wrong place.

I can not claim that Energy Bites are desert however they can be sweet little treats for pre run, during run and post run snacks. I’ve made 3 different varieties so far. The first batch pictured above was a thrown together, not even measured tasty messy. I remember adding oats, actually 2 oatmeal packets, a heaping spoon of PB, a handful of whole flax seeds, a spoon of coco powder, 2 tablespoons of hemp protein, about a 1/2 cup of agave syrup and some dried cranberries.

The second batch I followed some loose measurements and went for an overall flavor – oatmeal raisin. Oats, raisins, peanut butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and flax seeds were among the ingredients.

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

The third batch was something like the first, a hodgepodge except I took note of what I was doing so I could report back. The recipe is as follows:

Energy Bites (makes 18-20 bites)
2 cups of oatmeal (oats or packets)
1/2 cup peanut butter (almond butter)
1/3 cup agave or honey
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 of dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup of protein powder
1 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon, Nutmeg or other spices if desired.
Mid Mixing
Mix everything in a bowl then let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour or if you are impatient like me in the freezer for 10 minutes. Then, once it has chilled, roll into balls – you can try to roll before it’s had a chance to chill but it won’t be pretty.
The awesome thing about energy bites is that you can include whatever you want. You’ll need the oats, agave/honey and the nut butter to hold it together but other than that you can add things like nuts, chia seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit, protein powders, flours, coconut flakes, or whatever else you desire.

Moving on to the Special Brownies, yay!

I attempted to make gluten-free, low-fat, vegan brownies. I say attempted because I was not sure how they would come out, how does the batter look?

Normal for brownies right? I’ll be honest these brownies are different, not different like black bean brownies, different like a mix between a brownie, cake and fudge. They came out thick, chewy (in a weird way) and gooey. I didn’t toss them, instead I froze them, why? I don’t know figured they may taste better frozen?

If I attempt to make these again I’ll use oil instead of applesauce or some oil, these only have about a 1/2 a gram of fat for each serving so adding a little oil won’t change that drastically.

The final product

What are your special treats? Pre, during and post run snacks? Indulgences?

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