Healthy Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

By Emily Smith

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Summer is in full dress here; her bounty is as far as the eye can see.  Aiden is relishing his playtime outside and the treats that the season brings – like cherries and popsicles! But one day this weekend, he wakes up from his afternoon nap and the first thing he tells me is, “Mama I want cookies please.”  Cookies? Well, we don’t have any packaged cookies in the house Honey, and it’s 85 F so there’s no way we’re turning on that oven right now. Oh, but he’s much too sweet to dismiss, so what’s a Mom to do?  

Shuffle into the kitchen and rummage through our supplies. Slim pickings since I haven’t quite been in the baking mood these days. However, with a little creativity, we came up with something I think you’ll like (we did!).  There’s not many ingredients to worry about and the result is tasty and satisfies that sweet craving that kids and adults alike seem to generate in the afternoon.

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Of course, I snuck in some chia seeds for good measure and for the right to refer to these as healthy bites, rather than just bites ;) Mothers’ rights!

They have this delicious complexity that makes it difficult to only eat a couple!  So may I suggest, serve the healthy peanut butter coconut bites in portion controlled servings and stick the rest in the fridge or freezer for later.

How was your weekend? Were there treats involved?

Hope you enjoy these! xo 

Healthy Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

Yields 20
A healthy no-bake cookie, perfect for an on the go energy source. Get the kids to help make these, they are so easy to do!

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Prep Time
15 min

Prep Time
15 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of gluten-free oats
  2. 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  3. 1/2 cup of chunky natural peanut butter
  4. 3 Tablespoons of raw honey
  5. 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth, cookie dough consistency (about 1-2 minutes on high).
  3. Roll into small balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Optional: sprinkle the top with more unsweetened shredded coconut
  5. Place the sheet in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy your delicious bites!
Notes
  1. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days in the fridge or freeze bites in a freezer bag.
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Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights) – She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty. Let’s dance, shall we?
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4 Comments on Healthy Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

  1. Amee
    July 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm (9 months ago)

    Yum!! This is my kind of snack! Sounds delicious Emily!!

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  2. Helene
    July 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm (9 months ago)

    Yum, quick and easy to prepare. Is Quaker GF oats?

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    • Emily Smith
      July 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm (9 months ago)

      Hi Helene! Technically, I don’t think Quaker is because of the factory it’s prepared in – so it’s a definite no for Celiacs. If you are just following a gluten-free diet I would think it would be okay. However, I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats, because they are certified GF. Thanks for coming by!

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