There is something magical about a morning cup of coffee.
Not just any cup, a morning cup. The cup that allows for relaxation with the paper, the internet, a book, or with a friend. The cup that allows last nights dinner to be safely excreted from your body. The cup that gives that morning pick me up after a long night of work, school, or llama wrangling.
While I love coffee in its more common form of a liquid, the beans and grounds are becoming a quick favorite of mine when it comes to baking. I made my basura cookies last week, and they didn’t stand a chance lasting more than 2 days. The coffee grounds in these cookies really stole the show. Here’s another favorite with the addition of some coffee grounds.
Energy bites SHOULD have coffee grounds in them, don’t you think?
Coffee Ground No Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup dry whole grain oatmeal
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1.5 tblsp fresh ground “unused” coffee beans *
- 1/2 cup creamy almond butter *
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
*Notes: Peanut butter also works in place of the almond butter, however both MUST be creamy, and preferably store bought jars. While I love my self ground nut butters, they are much too dry for this recipe. When I say coffee grounds I mean take fresh beans, grind them, and use those grounds in the recipe. DO NOT brew them, and make sure your coffee is FRESH, old coffee will result in minimal coffee flavor. Also, the finer the grind of your coffee beans, the better the texture will be. If your coffee is too coarse you risk developing a cat like sandpaper tongue.
Stir your oatmeal, flaxseed, and coffee granules together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed, then add your almond butter, honey, and vanilla. Once well combined fold in your chocolate chips and cranberries. Stir well! Let chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like, I usually make 10-12 balls. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week…if they last that long!
These are some of the best balls I’ve made yet. The addition of fruit, chocolate and coffee made for a flavor explosion. They won’t last a week.
These pair perfectly with..guess what..a cup of coffee!
Q: Do you like coffee? If you don’t drink it, do you like anything else coffee related? Think CHOCOLATE covered coffee beans!