freekeh energy bites

The ingredients are filled with nutrients that will boost your energy.  A great snack for your gym bag or to take on a hike.

Makes 40 bites

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 8-ounce package cracked freekeh (prepared)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups oats (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • 2 cups raw pepita seeds, unsalted (green pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or tart dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal or substitute 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 to 1 cup brown rice syrup (start with 1/2 cup and add in more as needed to moisten)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (or toasted)
  • 1 cup raw coconut flakes, no sugar added
  • 1 cup raw sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS: 

Note: 2 large mixing bowl will help with this recipe.

Note: Disposable latex or vinyl gloves are helpful for making these.

  1. In a saucepan, empty 1 cup freekeh into 2 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the water has been absorbed and the freekeh is tender. Once cooked, remove from heat and cool in the refrigerator about 20-30 minutes.  
  2. Empty freekeh into a large mixing bowl.  Add all dry ingredients and mix with hands.  Blend thoroughly so that the ingredients are evenly dispersed.  Split the mixture into two bowls. 
  3. Pour the ingredients into bowls evenly and mix by hand until they are blended well.  If your peanut butter is too hard, you may want to warm it in the microwave or in a saucepan first to soften before adding.  Once mixed, try forming the ingredients into a small 1-inch ball.  Add in a little more brown rice syrup if its too dry.  Taste-test the mixture and add other ingredients to your liking.
  4. Roll into 1-inch balls or form into bars. Place in air tight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. 

Note: If making into bars, place wax paper between layers and you can freeze for up to a month in an air tight container.