Vanilla Apricot Energy Bites - five flavorful ingredients make these protein energy bites quick and easy to make! Fuel for your workout or a tasty treat to get you through the afternoon.
Do y'all read The New Yorker?
I will admit to sometimes having an irrational fear of the earthquake that is expected to happen in the Pacific Northwest. We are told it is a certainty, that we are overdue for an epic quake in the devastating 8.5 to 9.0 range.
I sometimes feel my eccentricity is reaching Howard Hughes levels, as Jason and I have talked about moving.
Out of state.
In all fairness to my eccentricity, we have talked about moving before. The recent quake talk has revived the conversation.
What helps me sleep at night, aside from my Rescue Remedy Sleep, is that I am getting prepared.
...and I can tell you it is fairly inexpensive to make up a kit that has some basics as well as a few fancy tools that will help in these kind of circumstances. Gathering things from around the house and adding to substantial emergency kits we already have - pet supplies, extra socks, several rolls of duct tape, my hand crank flashlight Dad gave me - and picking up a few new items, I was able to spend less than $120.00.
OPB also has a basic exercise in what to expect by zip code - the impact and the aftermath. This gives some realism to my anticipation, and a basic guide in how much water and food to have on hand, per person.
this is my list:
canned and dry food (almond butter!), pet food and supplies
water, one gallon per person per day (add pets water also)
water filtration system (LifeStraw), iodine tablets, bleach
manual can opener
basic medications, first aid kit
hand crank radio (beacon/flashlight, radio, phone charger)
flashlights and extra batteries
duct tape (seal openings, repair), garbage bags and ties
wrench, pliers, folding knife (my 'best of' research brought me my new multipurpose tool)
gloves, working and medical, masks
clothes (breathable and durable, winter clothes, coats), socks (multiple pair), walking shoes
important documents (insurance, birth certificates, passports, contact list, maps)
Just a start. We have several friends we have had this preparation conversation with lately, so if my basic information here helps anyone, well, all the better.
If we find ourselves without power, I can still make any of my many no bake energy / protein bars, balls, bites. These Vanilla Apricot Energy Bites are my current favorite, and they can be yours inside of 10 minutes.
Warming vanilla and bright apricot are the stars here. With five ingredients total, you may have everything you need to make these already. These are all considered staples in my kitchen.
Vanilla Apricot Energy Bites
YIELD: 12-15 one-inch balls
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
⅓ cup sunflower seed butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup vanilla protein powder, extra for rolling
½ cup raw cashews, pulsed fine
¾ cup dried apricots, chopped small
In large bowl, combine sunflower seed butter and maple syrup, stir until smooth.
Add cashews to blender, blend until they are half powder, half small pieces. Add cashew pieces / powder to sunflower mixture, do not stir.
Add apricots to blender, blend into small pieces. Add apricots and protein powder to cashews and sunflower, fold together until completely incorporated (after a couple turns of the spatula, I use my hands).
Roll into bite size balls, ¾ to one inch in size. Add 1-2 tablespoons protein powder to a plate, roll each ball through powder to minimize stickiness.
My stockpiles of protein powder, cashews, and dried fruit will serve me well if (God forbid) something happens.