Every last Tuesday of the month, Team B4BC rider Elena Hight will be guest blogging for our Tasty Tuesday segment, sharing her healthy recipes that keep her going through her tough schedule and athletic life. Here is a little intro from her:
I am very excited to be coming on as the “guest chef” for Tasty Tuesdays for B4BC the last Tuesday of every month! Cooking and baking with whole, nutritious, organic, ingredients is something that I am extremely passionate about. I hope to share some recipes with you that not only taste delicious but also will leave you filled with goodness.
I love this time of year because as summer is quickly approaching, all of my favorite fruits are quickly becoming ripe and ready to eat. Right now strawberries are overflowing everywhere! I love strawberries so I have been incorporating them into everything. I got the idea for this recipe with strawberries in baked goods from the blog Tasty Yummies.
I love cooking homemade snacks to keep around for when I know I am going to have busy days. I am always so much happier when I have prepped something homemade to grab rather than relying on some pre-packaged granola bar or snack. This way you get all the nutrients from whole, fresh foods without the additives, plus it is usually much more satisfying.
When necessary, these energy bites will keep you happy while you are running around all day long! I hope you enjoy!
Strawberry Coconut Energy Bites
Use all organic ingredients if possible
- 2 cups of certified gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs/bits
- ½ cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Line a baking sheet or two with unbleached parchment paper or foil, or lightly grease with extra coconut oil.
- In a large bowl combine oats, coconut flour, coconut, chia seeds, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and salt.
- Stir in bananas, strawberries, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
- Form the dough into 2 inch balls with your hands and place into even rows with a little room in between them.
- Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until just golden brown.
- Cool completely on pan.
- Taste at least one before you save the rest for upcoming busy schedule.