Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Walnut-Blueberry Oatmeal Energy Bites

Walnuts and blueberries take center stage in this nutrient-dense mini energy bite.  This recipe comes together very quickly, so you can make a batch for now, or store 
them in the freezer for later.
 
Walnut-Blueberry Oatmeal Energy Bites

1 cup chopped California walnuts, lightly toasted
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup uncooked oatmeal, regular or quick-cooking (not instant)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup maple sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
 
Preheat the oven to 350°F and cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
 
In a large mixing bowl, combine the walnuts, flour, oatmeal, coconut, maple sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and salt.  Stir with a fork or whisk until completely mixed.  Add the blueberries and stir to combine.
  
Combine the maple syrup, olive oil and butter in a small saucepan.  Place over medium heat and stir until the butter melts.  In a small bowl, add the baking soda to the boiling water and stir to dissolve.  Add to the syrup mixture and stir to blend; it will become very bubbly.  Pour into the dry ingredients and stir vigorously to combine. 
Using a tablespoon and your hands, scoop up pieces of dough and press them into walnut-sized balls.  Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.  With your fingers or the palm of your hand, flatten each ball slightly into a puck shape.
 
Bake 10 - 12 minutes, until the cookies have spread slightly and are golden brown around the edges.  Cool 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.
 
Yield: 2 dozen cookies, serving size is one cookie
 
Nutrition information per serving:  120 calories, 2g protein, 13g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 7g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 2g monounsaturated fat, 3g polyunsaturated fat, 3mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium
 
Recipe Courtesy of Rebecca Katz, author of “The Longevity Kitchen,” for the California Walnut Commission
 
 
Disclaimer: *Sponsored post
 

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