“Like pornography, junk food might be tough to define but you know it when you see it.”
Power Bites… a healthy twist on a sweet treat
As many of you know, and the rest of you are likely quickly figuring out, I am not a fan of processed food. I won’t get all preachy on you and begin listing the multitude of reasons why. Suffice it to say, if I can’t pronounce it, I typically won’t eat it. That makes me a bit of a pariah within my very own family on occasion. Happily (for me!) however I’m infinitely more stubborn than they are.
Bottom line processed food makes me feel sort of gross, and even grosser when I think about what a perfectly lovely food product had to go through in order to become the product sold to us in stores.
This obviously leads to the next matter and that is I’m not a huge fan of junk food… you know all that amazingly aggressively salted, over packaged, over processed, empty calorie food. I am also a mother of teenagers and part of what comes with that is literally a NON stop barrage of requests for what we lovingly refer to as “crap”. I think I can safely say that it is almost impossible to keep processed food completely out of our diets, but we can at least try to keep it to a bare minimum.
You can call it clean eating, or mindful living or sustainable cooking and eating, but it’s something that was just the norm generations ago. Whole foods just taste better… pretty simple really. I’m trying hard on a daily basis to bring that notion back to the forefront.
This is a recipe I don’t feel particularly guilty about having around for them to snack on, and a great example of keeping the bad stuff to a minimum while keeping all the delicious!
Enjoy & Namaste!
- 1 cup oatmeal, dry
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- ⅓ cup honey (I use raw or manuka as I prefer the flavour)
- ⅔ cup ANY COMBINATION OF THE FOLLOWING; raisins, dried cranberries, raw pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seed, wheat germ, or even chocolate chips if you must... I mean seriously just about anything that appeals to your personal sense of taste!
- OPTION: If you don't like to add chocolate chips but still want the hit of chocolate you can roll the bites in some cocoa powder
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
- Refrigerate for an hour or so.
- Roll into bite sized balls.
- Roll in cocoa powder if that is the option you have chosen.
- \Store in an airtight container.
- I personally keep them in the fridge but they pack well and so make a great addition to hikes, bike rides, runs, boat trips, you name it!