Life has been busy of late, and I find that if I don’t make myself a big batch of food to get me through the week, I wear out pretty quickly. Today, while getting ready for a long week of work and school I had a hankering (that’s right, I said a hankering) for something kinda chocolately, kinda coconutty, kinda sweet, and really energizing. Hence, power buddies were born. They don’t look like much, but they more than meet all the requirements and taste delicious with a subtle sweetness. I’d say they’re less cookie, and more new and improved energy bar. Or energy lump.
Makes about 20 buddies.
1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
3/4 cup raw crunchy almond butter
4 Tbsp chia seeds (2 of which will be mixed with 6 Tbsp water to form a gel, the other 2 sprinkled in separately)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or you could use maple syrup here, which would be absolutely delicious)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp cacao powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
With an electric mixer (or an extremely powerful wrist), mix coconut oil and sugar, and beat in chia gel, almond butter, and vanilla. Sift together all dry ingredients, and add dry to wet and continue stirring or beating on low speed.
When completely mixed, spoon batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and bake for 10-15 min. Eat!