• Susie Csorsz Brown

Snack idea: Almond Joy bites (no-bake)

Yes, another good-for-you-but-you’ll-never-know-it snack idea. Kids will love this. Big people will love this. These snack bites are a great source of protein and fiber, without a lot of extra sweeteners. Great for lunch boxes or for an after-school snack. Also a great project to involve the kids, if you’re up for a little bit of a mess in the kitchen … and on the kids.

Almond Joy Snack Bites (no-bake)

Makes about 12 to 15 bites (also doubles easily)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup oat bran

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup almond flour

1/3 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut, toasted if you have the time

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

2 tablespoons chia seeds, optional (but provides a great boost of omega fatty acids and satiety)

pinch of salt

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

1/4 cup honey (or less, to taste)

2 tablespoons coconut oil or unsalted butter

2 tablespoons coconut butter (see below for a recipe to make your own if you don’t have any on hand)

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

to coat:

1/3 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut, toasted if you have the time

1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the oat bran, flax, almond flour, coconut, almonds, chocolate chips, chia seeds and salt.

In a small saucepan, combine the almond butter, honey, coconut oil, butter and vanilla extract over low heat. Stir until it is completely melted and smooth. Add the almond butter mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring well until the mixture is moistened and a wet dough forms; set aside.

To make coating, add the coconut and almonds to a food processor and pulse until it all turns into small crumbs. Put crumb mixture into a small bowl.

Shape the dough into balls that are around 1 inch in diameter. Roll each ball in the coconut/almond crumb coating until covered. Store in fridge or freezer until you are ready to use.

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Susie is certified through The Parent Coaching Institute, whose graduates are dedicated to help parents focus on "amplifying the positive, appreciating the good, and valuing the possible in themselves and in their children."  http://www.thepci.org/findcoach/ug/brown-susie-csorsz