Elderberry Energy Bites: Give your immune system a boost.
(Women who are pregnant or nursing are not recommended to take Elderberry)
It’s that time of year again, the dreaded flu season. I can only recall one occasion where I had, what I can only assume, was the flu as I was never tested or told that it was the flu. I was told it was a virus, there was nothing that I could be given, and it would have to run it’s course! I felt absolutely horrible, my throat hurt so bad, I couldn’t get more than a half hour of sleep before I would wake up hacking. It was so bad I wrote down a timeline of the symptoms, because it reminded me of something of the Stephen King novel “The Stand.” I never want to feel like that again, at least not if I can help it.
Our bodies need a variety of nutrients to function when our body doesn’t have these nutrients and energy we run down and become more susceptible to illness. Packed with anthocyanins flavonoids which research suggests that these may be beneficial in relieving flu symptoms and boost your immune systems. In addition, researchers believe that these minute berries contain active, antiviral agents potent enough to deactivate viruses.
Elderberry Energy Bites
- 2 1/2 C. ELDERBERRY PULP
- 2 C. OATS (I USED OLD FASHIONED)
- 2 C. PEANUT BUTTER (I USED CHUNKY)
- 1 C. CHOPPED PECANS
- 1 C. UNSWEETENED COCONUT
- 1 C. HONEY
- 1/2 C. CHIA SEEDS
- 1/2 C. HERSHEY’S DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS
- 4 SCOOPS PROTEIN POWDER (VANILLA)
Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, blend all the ingredients together the mix was a bit sticky so feel free to add more oats, and roll into balls. Place on baking sheet and place in freezer for 2 hours or until firm.
Lastly I rolled the balls in some unsweetened cocoa powder and store in refrigerator.
Nutritional Information: Approximate based upon brands of products.
Serving Size 1 Bite: Calories 135, Fat 8.5g Saturated 3.3 g, Carbohydrates 12g,Sugar 7.4 g, Protein 4.4 g, Calcium 12.6%, Potassium 73.3 mg, Vitamin C 3.7 %
Elderberry Immune Boosting Bites Recipe
I threw this recipe together on the fly tasting as I went. Overall energy balls are super simple and quick to make, but as I was trying to keep the calories, sugars and carbs down only adding as it took to help pull the wet ingredients together.
The recipe did require something to add sweetness as the elderberries did not have much sweetness to them maybe because they were dried. Next time I may experiment with a different sweetener like Stevia.
My husband absolutely loved them and swears that they have helped with giving him more energy. I would be so excited to hear how you liked them.
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