I had no motivation to cook this week. It wasn’t a particularly busy week, I just didn’t desire to spend the time prepareing and cleaning up these past few days. So we made simple things and gave ourselves a break in the kitchen. Sometimes it helps to take a break from the everyday routine. I’ve noticed I have a new energy and more creative outlook on the subject when given a break! Check out the menu this week and celebrate with me that I didn’t have to make mushrooms cooked under glass bells from scratch!
We only found energy to actually cook once this week! Andy buddied up with me in the kitchen and we made Copy cat Chick-Fil-A nuggets, hand cut french fries and kale salad. We ate and ate and ate. And when the girls asked for dessert, we found a great Mrs. Fields Chocolate chip cookie recipe from Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen. It was enjoyable.
But that was really the only time we spent time in the kitchen! When sharing with a friend about my lack of want to cook, she passed on a really great recipe from Gimme Some Oven for no bake energy bites! At first I was skeptical. Health food is not my first choice (aside from fresh fruit,veggies and whole wheat bread…we love those). All the healthy “chocolate bars” and “energy bars” just leave me wanting a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie! But this one was different for two reasons:
- They were no bake
- The ingredients all sounded yummy:
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips
- Vanilla extract
- Coconut flakes, toasted
- Flax seed, ground
So we gave it a try! Everyone in our household gave it a thumbs up!
Easy to Make
I loved how easy they were to make! It’s really a three step process and done.
We opted to toast our own coconut. Having never done this, I was a little shy to try. Good news, it’s so easy! Simply spread your coconut on a baking pan. I put down parchment paper first mainly because our pans are SO OLD and UGLY I didn’t want the coconut to touch the pan. It’s defiantly time to go pan shopping. Once you have your coconut spread out, place it on the highest rack in your oven for about 5 min at 350 degrees. Once the top starts to brown, toss it and put back in to bake a few more minutes. Ours turned out nice and toasty.
Put it all together
Now the easy part! While the coconut was baking, I gathered all other ingredients and dumped them in the bowl. A little bit of string and the mixture was done! Letting it sit in the fridge for 20 minutes helped harden the mix for rolling into balls. Next time, I’ll roll smaller balls so we get more “bites” out of the batch. They didn’t last long since everyone found them delicious and satisfying to the sweet tooth!
A great addition to the cook book for sure! A few things to consider when making yours:
I accidentally bought whole flax seed instead of crushed. The got used anyway. Next time we’ll buy the crushed. Secondly, your hands do get sticky when rolling the balls. I opted to wash my hands each time (maybe twice) it started making rolling difficult. It did take a bit more time, but was worth it in the end.
Here’s to new energy
With a break and new energy bits under my belt, I have a great outlook on next week! Maybe those egg balls will get made and for a special treat, Joanna Choate talks about cooking and life on the Solomon Islands! Can’t wait to share!