As a postpartum doula, my job is to meet the needs of new moms during their postpartum recovery. So, what exactly do postpartum mothers need? They need an extra set of hands - to hold babies, to fold laundry, to change diapers. They need non-judgmental support - to listen to their birth stories, to navigate feeding issues, to encourage adequate showers and rest.

And snacks. New moms need healthy, easy-to-make, one-handed snacks. This is the truth.

And that's why I'm so excited about this recently discovered recipe. No Bake Nut Butter, Oats, and Honey Energy Bites. They are seriously amazing. Like, "how did I just eat 20 of these" amazing!

Lately I've been making these delicious energy bites in double batches and postpartum clients just can't get enough. They are filling, high in fiber, and low in sugar. Although, I don't believe in depriving new moms, so go ahead and throw in that handful of chocolate chips. And don't feel guilty.

I love how easily and quickly this recipe comes together. Just dump all ingredients in a big bowl and stir. It's easier to roll out the balls when they're cold, so just stick the bowl in the fridge for about 25-30 minutes. Or longer if baby wakes up and your attention is needed elsewhere. Depending on how large you roll them out, this recipe should make between 20-30 balls. They'll last in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days, but I guarantee you'll eat them all before that.

So what are you waiting for? Get mixing and rolling and start enjoying these delicious, one-handed snacks!

No Bake Nut Butter, Oats, and Honey Energy Bites

Ingredients:

2 c. rolled oats

1 c. nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, or sun butter)

2/3 c. honey

1/2 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut flakes

1/4 c. ground chia seed

1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well incorporated.

2. Chill in refrigerator for 25-30 minutes.

3. Hand roll into bite-sized or tablespoon-sized balls.

4. Store in refrigerator in air-tight container for up to 5 days.                                                                                                         

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