Spicy Energy Bites + Giveaway!

Spicy Energy Bites - Gluten Free, Vegan, Healthy, and No Bake

It’s always fun to get a package in the mail. It’s even more fun when you don’t know what’s going to be in the package.

As you probably know, I am a member of Peanut Butter & Co’s Yum Squad, so I get to participate in fun challenges to create amazing treats. This particular challenge was extra special and exciting since it was a #MysteryIngredient challenge. It’s to celebrate National Peanut Butter month and showcase how versatile peanut butter is.

#MysteryIngredient Challenge

When I opened the box, I saw a giant bottle of Sriracha. At first I was a bit panicked. I mean when I think of peanut butter, I think of sweet … not spicy. But I remained undeterred.

It would have been easy to create a spicy peanut noodle dish, but I wanted to think outside of the box. It took some time, but I decided on Spicy Energy Bites.

Not only are these little bites gluten free, healthy, and vegan, but they also pack a major nutritional and spicy punch. Seriously you look at them and think they’re innocent little treats. Oh, no, these things are fierce … just like me :)

Spicy Energy Bites

I paired the Sriracha with not only the peanut butter, but also carob powder to add another, complementary assertive flavor and some maple syrup as a balancing sweetener.

Everyone loved these Bites. I wasn’t sure what people would think but the sweet, spicy flavors were really well received. I know that you will love these easy to make, no bake treats! Make up a batch to celebrate National Peanut Butter Month!!!

And to enhance the celebration, Peanut Butter & Co has been kind enough to offer a giveaway of two jars of Mighty Maple peanut butter!

Spicy Energy Bites

To enter the giveaway, answer the question: What is your favorite spicy food?

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IMPORTANT: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.
The giveaway ends Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 11:59 pm EST.
The winner will be chosen via the Random Number Generator on random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

As a member of Peanut Butter & Co.’s Yum Squad food blogger club, I received product and the giveaway in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Spicy Energy Bites

Spicy Energy Bites + Giveaway!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 24 bites

Ingredients

2 cups quick cooking oats

½ cup unsweetened coconut

1 cup Mighty Maple peanut butter

½ cup carob powder

¼ cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons Sriracha

2-4 tablespoons water

Instructions

In a medium bowl, stir together oats, coconut, peanut butter, carob powder, maple syrup, and Sriracha. Add water as needed until dough comes together.

Take tablespoon sized portions of mixture and form it into a ball. Continue until all the dough is used.

Store bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Jennifer Meyer Wishbone Bracelet

It’s Friday and I’m ready to talk fashion. Are you?

I love jewelry and have since I was a little girl. I’ve gone through all kinds of phases. Costume jewelry. Beaded jewelry. Gaudy jewelry. Those silver Tiffany heart bracelets and necklaces.

Now I have a wide variety of real jewelry that fits my mood and different occasions. Today I’m featuring one of the newest additions to my collection and one of the most versatile.

I have loved all the Jennifer Meyer wishbone products for years. They are delicate and beautiful. Plus, the wishbone symbolizes so much to me. It gives me hope that good things are headed my way.

Jennifer Meyer Wishbone Bracelet

I chose the bracelet because it is the most reasonably priced and I can wear it frequently. It goes with whatever I’m wearing, whether I have on my fanciest party dress or a simple skirt and blouse. I also love layering it with other bracelets. The wishbone style also comes in rings, necklaces, and earrings, with or without diamonds.

Rose gold is my favorite metal, as it pairs nicely with my skin tone. However, the styles are available in white or yellow gold as well. I special ordered my bracelet through Barney’s.

When buying jewelry, it is so important to choose pieces that you will love for a lifetime and I know this bracelet will be a part of my wardrobe for many years to come.

Jennifer Meyer Wishbone Bracelet

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