Monday, April 29, 2013

Let's Talk About Flax{seed}, Baby

If you're not humming this song after reading that title, we can't be friends. 
{Say the title of this post to the tune.}

Moving on from my 14-year-old mind...

Let's talk about flax{seed}.

I made these no-bake energy bites yesterday, and must admit I didn't have one major ingredient on hand: flaxseed. So I made my little trek to Kroger and what do you know, my suburban grocery store had a little inner-hippie aisle full of, what else, flaxseed. {And other Whole Foods-esque ingredients what I had to physically restrain myself from buying.}

Not only are these no-bake energy bites easy, they're good for you. Why? Flaxseed. 

Flaxseed has a high number of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been shown to have heart-healty affects; lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities; and fiber, as flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble types of fiber. It also may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. 

Plus, I feel so much better popping one of these when I get home from work as opposed to grabbing a handful of crackers or having a glass of wine. Who's with me?

So, try 'em! You won't regret it. 

No-Bake Energy Bites** (adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots Blog)
1 cup oatmeal (I used gluten-free rolled oats from Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup peanut butter, or other nut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes (I leave this out because I don't like coconut)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used regular-sized dark chocolate chips)
1 tsp. vanilla 

1. Mix everything above in a large bowl until thoroughly incorporated. 
2. Let chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3. Remove from refrigerator and roll into small balls. Enjoy!

*Store in airtight container and they'll last for a week. 
**Note: I double this recipe. 


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