I love Pinterest. Lately I’ve loved the mindless browsing that Pinterest allows after the kids have gone to bed and I don’t really have much brain function left to do anything but scroll and click.
But the other night, when I was scrolling through the Pinterest feed, there was a picture that caught my eye. Made my heart even skip a bit or two.
Red Velvet Energy Bites
You see, I’ve been a fan of red velvet most of my life, But I broke up with it a long time ago when I learned that red velvet meant red food coloring and all of the synthetic chemicals it contains. If you’re not familiar, artificial food dyes have been associated with increased hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children, increased cancer risk (in animals) and allergies. In my mind, not a great trade off for something that adds no VALUE to the final food product other than color.
When a recipe calls for red food coloring, I typically turn to red beet powder…and while it usually means the final product is mauve instead of red, it’s a trade off I’ll live with.
So I was thrilled when I saw that these Red Velvet Energy Bites actually had no red food coloring at all.
Just a play on words because they had cranberries in them.
The original recipe, posted at Olivesnwine.com looked great, but needed a little “doctoring.”
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
2 TBSP honey
1/2 TBSP cinnamon
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup dried cranberries, no sugar added
1/4 cup dark chocolate pieces
I wanted a snack that would be multi-purpose…good for an am or pm snack, to give to the girls when we’re on the go, or one that could be used pre-workout when one of us is heading out the door at 5:45 am and needs to grab and go.
Initially, I tried the recipe as is. It was good, but I found the oats to be too crumbly and the chocolate bits and dried cranberries to be too sweet. And, since we suspect that Sophia has an oat allergy – I didn’t really want to use 100% oats.
So, I started to doctor.
Instead of oats, I substituted coconut flour. And I took out the chocolate pieces and added in 2 TBSP of Spectrum Essentials Chia & Flax Seed Decadent Blend (with Cocoa and Coconut). Ummm…. it’s my newest obsession. Add it to yogurt, cottage cheese, smoothies. De-lish.
Round 2 was good too. We loved the smoothness of the coconut flour, but because it’s so dry you needed a glass of water with it. No complaints around here…they were gobbled up in no time.
But still I wasn’t 100% satisfied…
So I went back to the kitchen and used 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup almond meal, and kept the Decadent Blend in place of the chocolate.
Note: We’ve tried 3 different batches of these…and ALL of them went over as ‘hits’ in our house. Any way you doctor up this recipe, you can’t go wrong…add raisins in place of cranberries…choose peanut butter over almond butter. Got a nut allergy? Sunbutter would be great in these!
But you know the best part? These little bites of tasty goodness are ready in less than 5 minutes.
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