Breakfast is the most important meal of the day is what I’ve always heard, however mornings and I do not agree. The less functioning I have to do the better. This is especially true so since my son started middle school, and that means getting up an hour earlier.

My go-to breakfast has been the Jimmy Dean Bacon, Egg, and Cheese biscuits. I love these things, but they are high in sodium (720 mg) and price. They are okay calorie wise (310), but I needed a change.I started looking on my favorite place, Pinterest, for some good breakfast options. I tried the baking eggs and omelets the day before, but didn’t care for them at all.

I kept coming back to energy bites. A friend of mine has tried them, and she told me I could find the ingredients at Aldi. 

I grabbed the basics with my own alternation… I use Almond Butter. Most use peanut butter, but it doesn’t agree with me. I have also tried Sunbutter (Sunflower seed) and that worked good in the S’mores one, but in can overpower lighter flavors like Almonds.

I’m going to share the Breakfast Bite base, and some of the variations I have tried the last few weeks with the nutrition information. All the photos are from the Almond Chocolate Chip batch I made.

 

Almond Chocolate Chip pictured

Almond Chocolate Chip pictured

 

Breakfast Bite Base

1/2 Cup Almond Butter

1/3 Cup Honey

1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup Flax Seeds (ground can be used as well)

1 Cup Rolled Oats (not quick)

1 Tsp. Vanilla (optional)

This is the base. You can stop here, or add dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. 

Mix all in a bowl. Refrigerate for about 5-10 minutes. Scoop* and roll into balls. I recommend using food service gloves to make it less messy. You can buy those at Sam’s Club or GFS, etc. Keep refrigerated.

Mixture

*An ice cream or cookie scoop works great. 

Servings: 14-16 1-ounce balls

Easy way to calculate a recipe is with the My Fitness Pal app. It is free, and you can enter all the ingredients and servings for it to calculate the nutrition. So much easier than all the scraps of paper I had laying around with recipes on them. I can save them too!

Variations I have made with nutritional information are below. You can decrease or increase any of the add-ins as you wish. This will change your nutritional information.

I found the oats, Almond butter, Chia Seeds, and Flax Seeds all at Aldi. I also get the honey there now as well. The almonds I bought at Sam’s Club. Ingredients

Almond Chocolate Chip Bites
(Makes 16)
Breakfast Bite Base
2 ounces chopped Almonds
2 Tbsp. Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips

AlmondChocolateChipNutrition

  Peanut butter Chip Bites
(Makes 14)
Breakfast Bite Base
3 Tbsp. Peanut Butter Chips
PeanutButterNutrition

 

S’mores Bites
(
Makes 14)
Breakfast Bites Base
1 serving of (dehydrated marshmallows)Mallow Bits (5 grams)
2 Tbsp. Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips
SmoresBitesNutrition

Right now the S’mores is my favorite either with the almond butter or sunflower seed butter. I love that tiny bit of sweet, the crunch of the marshmallows and seeds, plus it is still creamy.

I normally have 2 of these bites (whichever flavor for the week I have made) and a banana plus a couple cups of coffee. That fills me, gives me energy for the gym, but no “heavy” sluggish feeling.

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