I just couldn’t resist that title. I may live to regret it since someone reading it without a photo or any context won’t have the first clue what this post is about. When I was a kid, my mom used to say, “Tissue? I don’t even know you!” when we asked for a tissue. That mom of mine is a funny gal! No wonder I love her so much. (Did I mention she would also pump the gas pedal to the beat of the music while driving down our back road if a song came on that she liked?)
Let me get to the point because this post shouldn’t take up too much of your time. When I was a kid, I got a recipe for peanut butter, honey, raisin, and oat snack bites from my Sunday School class. Don’t ask me how or why it was part of the lesson or materials, but they were a favorite snack of mine. I used to make them myself at 8 years old. I attempted to look for that recipe about 10 years ago at my mom’s house without any luck. Fast forward, a nutritionist I worked with gave me a recipe that I thought was very similar. But with all of the peanut allergies (including Kai’s), I decided to try these with cashew butter and make a few little tweaks. I need a healthier way to satisfy my cravings as I try harder to cut refined sugar. These little bites are packed with protein, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids. They are a perfect healthier treat when your sweet tooth is calling!
Before I get to the recipe, allow me to provide a few health benefits for consuming these treats, other than just satisfying your sweet tooth. First, there’s protein. I’m often tired…exhausted, truth be told. I need energy, and I usually do the wrong thing and pick up something loaded with sugar and other carbohydrates. Naughty girl! Since protein takes longer than carbohydrates to break down in the body, this treat will provide a longer-lasting energy source. Next we have fiber, which is great for controlling blood sugar, helping with digestion and regularity, and helping to lower cholesterol. That’s just to name a few. And the benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (plant-based in this recipe) are almost too many to list. But a few that are important to me are helping to reduce the risk factors for heart disease, fighting depression and anxiety, improving eye health (as I can’t see a thing any longer without my readers), and fighting inflammation, which is believed to be a root cause of so many diseases. For those of you who are pregnant or have kids, Omega-3s can promote brain health for your unborn child during pregnancy and for infants once born, and it can also reduce the symptoms of ADHD in children.
And best of all, this baby couldn’t be simpler to make. If you want, you can increase the amount of ground flax seed and chia seeds, but I always like to provide a lower amount, and then you can increase as desired. For flax seed, I like to purchased whole flax seed and then grind it in my Nutribullet. I just think it’s fresher and perhaps a little more beneficial that way, but that’s probably just my crazy brain and not based on anything I’ve read. If you use a food processor, it’s much easier, but just be aware that your bites won’t look exactly like the photo above. If you don’t have a food processor, you’ll be just fine, as those pictured above were mixed by hand and I survived the stirring. I promise you’re going to love these, and in my opinion, they taste so much better than using good ole peanut butter.
MAKES 20-24 BITES
1 cup cashew butter
¼ cup honey (organic preferred)
1 cup organic quick oat
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tbsp chia seeds
¾ cup raisins
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ tsp kosher salt
Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until combined OR combine everything in a bowl and use a spatula to combine. Roll into balls about 1 to 1 ½ inches in diameter and refrigerate for one hour before eating. Store in refrigerator or freezer in an air-tight container.