Life is complicated enough, so we believe in making snacking simple! Chocolate Hazelnut Oat Bites simple! Perhaps this phrase resonates with you? If so, you are not unaccompanied. The high demands of busy and fast-paced lives have taken a toll on our health. Stress, unhealthy eating habits, lack of time for exercise and limited outdoor exposure are now prevalent. This uncontrollable trend has inspired a variety of methodologies to deal with it. Among the many self-help books, those focused on time management and prioritizing your life have been consistently popular.
Time management is a tricky issue; after all, we can’t just create more hours in a day. The task at hand is how to optimize to-do lists while increasing efficiency in what you do daily. We all must eat several times per day; cooking takes time, which explain the existence of fast foods even at a time when most are aware of the harm caused by consuming excess processed foods. The reality is that even though awareness is the first step, the ability to implement healthier eating habits is still an obstacle for active families.
In the spirit of taking one step at a time, we encourage those seeking to improve by starting with snacks. It is easy to reach for a pre-packaged granola bar, a snack-sized bag of chips, a candy bar, a store-bought baked good or high- sugar drink when those in- between -meal- times, hunger- times arise. It is at snack time that some lose their motivation to eat healthfully by compromising their goals with a not- so -ideal choice of food. Fruits and vegetables are the definition of simplicity. They are a phenomenal choice as a snack when combined with a second food to deliver a source of protein and extra calories when needed.
Two- to -three ingredient snacks that you can prepare ahead of time could be your next tool to combat unhealthy lifestyle choices. We found this Chocolate Hazelnut Oat Bites recipe to be particularly effective since it is delicious! It calls for three ingredients (but could be made with just two!) combined to deliver fiber, healthy fats and a bit of protein. Did we mention it is mouthwatering too?
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Try another one of our energy bites like the Almond Delights Snack Bites recipe found here.
Chocolate Hazelnut Oat Bites
Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
Same three ingredients put together in two different ways! Both delicious and easy.
- ½ cup of quick oats
- 1 flax egg 1 tablespoon of flax meal and 2 tablespoons of water
- Mix all three ingredients well until dough forms. There are 2 options. First option: Drop a tablespoon of mixture onto baking sheet and take it to pre-heated oven at 330 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and roll into small cones. Let them cool and enjoy.
- Second option, no need to bake. Just roll them into bite-sized balls and enjoy as a treat! You can also dust them with a little powdered sugar to serve as a dessert!
- Store any leftovers in sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes 12 cookies or balls.