Hello Friends…I hope everyone here in the Northeast is staying warm and keeping their spirits up… The 8 feet high snow drifts are unbelievable! Nothing says HAPPY like a little oatmeal, chocolate, chia, coconut and almond bite-full of yumminess. I make these no bake energy bites quite often for a little healthy treat.
The good thing about these little delicious bites is that you can get creative and add a little bit of this and that depending on your tolerance. My recipe makes 12 bite size balls and you should be satisfied with 2. At this portion size, you truly modify the quantity of FODMAPs that you consumer that are naturally contained in the oats and almond butter–both are ‘moderate sources’ of FODMAPs. I would not eat a whole tray of these tasty treats…Just keep that in mind!My daughter Chelsea and I whipped these up yesterday afternoon after a full day of work. They take just a few minutes to make!
I did want to take a moment and announce the lucky winners to my recent blog give-a-ways! Jordan won the 21 Day Tummy Cookbook: Yay!! And Deirdre won the #FODMAPer tote bag! I am in the midst of another #FODMAPer tote bag give-a-way on Instagram–so check it out for another chance to win!!
I have a few other give-a-ways up my sleeve, including a chance to win one of my recently launched Balanced Boxes for a Digestive Peace of Mind on the go! The idea of the box came from my desire to make embarking on a low FODMAP diet a bit funner. I truly want people with IBS to feel less isolated and to enjoy a little pampering. I started the term #FODMAPer so that in essence, a person with IBS might feel more like part of a community than alone. Many people with IBS suffer in silence….and yet in westernized countries—IBS is rampant.
And remember, the low FODMAP diet is a learning diet that is utilized to help identify your personal triggers. It is not meant to be followed long term! It is important to do the challenge phase of the diet and to eat the most liberal diet your body allows you to eat! There will be parts of the low FODMAP diet you may follow long term…but you should be able to add some foods back into the diet after the elimination diet phase. If the low FODMAP diet only offers partial relief, work with your health care provider to uncover other possible conditions or food intolerances that may be limiting your progress. Always read reputable articles by health professionals, be weary of people on the internet that sound smart but have no credentials.
- Makes 12 balls: Serving size 2
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, rough chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut, optional
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Prepare a small cookie sheet or tray with parchment paper.
- In medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to blend.
- Roll mixture by the tablespoon with your hands into one-inch balls and place on parchment paper.
- Place cookie sheet in refrigerator to allow the bites to set.
- Place balls in air-tight container in refrigerator.
- Enjoy for up to 1 week.