No Bake Energy Bites

I am always looking for new ideas for food and when an Expat Canadian friend who lives Japan made Energy Bites with kinako it got me  thinking about them and how good they sounded.  Kinako is made of roasted soybeans that are ground.  It has a vaguely peanut butter like taste.  Since both are legumes it makes sense.  If you have kinako kicking around the house give this version a try otherwise stick with the ground flax seed.

The recipe base I use for this recipe comes from gimmesomeoven.  The nice thing about these is they are easy to modify if you are missing ingredients. I think barley flakes would be good in this.

No Bake Energy Bites.
1 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice
1/2 cup kinako or ground flax seed
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Dump it in a bowl and mix it up.  Form into balls.  If too soft chill for about an hour. I got about 25 energy bites.  They will keep for a week in the refrigerator tightly covered or you can freeze them.

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