If you love thin mint girl scout cookies, you’ll love the taste of these thin mint healthy energy bites. A bit of nostalgia all wrapped up with a healthy dose of energy!
I was never a girl scout, but man did I love a good thin mint cookie….straight from the freezer! Who was my mom fooling putting them in the freezer? I could easily polish off a whole sleeve…and just loved the minty aftertaste. Or was it the chocolate flavor that lingered? Either way, thin mints are food nostalgia on steroids for me.
Now that I look at food as a way to nourish and fuel me, it doesn’t mean I don’t still indulge in tastes that soothe my cravings. I just have to be a bit creative to take care of both. Thin mint healthy energy bites are the perfect mix of nutritious and delicious with a side of sentimentality thrown in.
I quit drinking coffee years ago when I discovered it was one of the culprits of my IBD. Truthfully, it was such a hard habit to kick, I’m not sure I’d ever go back. I love the health benefits of green tea and when I need little caffeine pick me up I opt for a matcha.
Hubby wants a fancy coffee machine for our new kitchen—odd, since neither of us drink coffee….but I’m always down for a matcha or chai latte. I’m thinking a new milk frother may be all we need.
Ah, but I digress, I want to tout the many health benefits of matcha (which is one of the ingredients of these thin mint energy bites). Matcha is a type of green tea made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. The powder is then whisked with hot water—different from regular green tea, where the leaves are infused in water.
Some health benefits of Matcha
- High in antioxidants, including cancer fighting EGCG
- Protects liver health
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Boosts brain function
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body.
Healthy Energy Bites
These thin mint healthy energy bites are loaded with nutrition in ways that help stabilize energy so it’s more constant than spiked. Oatmeal is a gluten-free source of fiber and antioxidants. Nut butter gives protein (and you could sub sunflower butter if allergies are an issue), to help slow down absorption and keep your hunger at bay longer. There’s plenty more fiber and in the flax to help keep digestion and elimination regular, plus more protein, healthy fats and essential fatty acids. When you’re on a mission to make all that you eat count for something, these are the perfect little bites that add up to a whole lot.
When I go to the gym super early in the morning, I often don’t have the time for a proper breakfast, but I don’t like to go on a totally empty stomach…especially if I’m going to do some weight training. Sometimes I’ll take a half a banana, or, if my freezer is well stocked, maybe a bliss ball or a small trail mix bar. These thin mint healthy energy bites are already becoming my new favorite go to. Before the gym, after the gym, as an afternoon snack, as a grab and go breakfast treat…..you get the idea, it’s a good option all the time….because who doesn’t need an energy boost once in awhile?
In other (exciting and good) news, the cabinets and appliances are going into my kitchen THIS WEEK!!! Yes, the finish line is in sight! In the meantime, I continue to appreciate the beautiful kitchens of generous friends who share. Make sure to check out my Instagram stories for all the action and look for a post soon with the before and after story.
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 small banana
- ⅓ cup nut butter, creamy
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon mint extract
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves*
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chunks or 1 ½ 3oz bars rough chopped
- Grind everything BUT chocolate in food processor until a dough forms. If dough is too sticky to work with, add additional flax 1 Tablespoon at a time. Then, pulse the chocolate into the mixture.
- Roll dough into small balls (I usually make mine a bit smaller than a ping-pong ball), and then dust with ground nuts, seeds or topping of choice.
- Store in air tight container in the fridge for a week or up to three months (if they last that long) in the freezer.
MINT: Either spearmint or peppermint will work well. Spearmint tends to have bigger leaves. You will need about 10 large leaves to equal the quarter cup.
BATTER STICKINESS: Your batter will be more or less sticky depending on whether or not your nut butter was well stirred. If you put in soupy nut butter, you may need a bit more ground flax. It’s best to thoroughly mix your jar when you first open it. I store my unopened nut butter upside down to help with this process.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
The nutrition calculations were done using online tools. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients you used. You are ultimately responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information is accurate, complete and useful.