The holiday season is upon us and with that comes a magic duo--cookies and hot chocolate. Annual traditions include making and decorating your favorite holiday cookie with your loved ones and kids, and what better way to cozy up after a day in the snow than with rich hot chocolate?
Enjoying your favorite holiday classics can be great, when in moderation. However, if you find yourself using any excuse to eat a cookie or make some hot cocoa, then the extra sugar and calories will sneak up on you leaving you feeling bloated, exhausted (hello, sugar crash!), and with a little extra weight before the New Year.
So, I am taking this classic holiday duo and making it a lot lighter, yet just as tasty! See below for my No-Bake Energy Bites and Christmas Coffee that will be your new Winter season favorite!!
(As seen on PHL17 Morning Show 12/17)
No-Bake Energy Bites
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used gluten free old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup almond butter (or all-natural peanut butter)
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
1/3 cup honey (or agave nectar)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for at least a half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine are about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.
1 cup light-medium roast coffee
Milk of your choice
1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
3 shakes of cinnamon
Pour all ingredients in a coffee mug and stir until well blended.