PB + Oat Energy Bites + HUGE SURPRISE!

PB + Oat Energy Bites + HUGE SURPRISE!

??SURPRISE?? I launched a YouTube channel! My first ever video is the beginning of a series called Bake w/ Char! In case you’re new here, Charlotte is my 2 & a half year old who LOVES to bake + take foodie photos with me, so naturally she had to be in the launch of my channel. I plan to share short recipe videos, workout videos, workout wear hauls, maybe some travel vlogs + whatever else y’all want to see! Let me know in the comments what you want to see!

In this first video we are making our favorite PB + Oat Energy Bites. With only 6-ingredients, this recipe takes less than 10-minutes and is the perfect snack to have on hand during the week. I love to have one or 2 bites before an afternoon workout or after dinner for a sweeter, healthier treat!

Here’s what kitchen items you’ll need:

Reusable Baking Mat (this is not necessary, I just prefer to use this!)

Kitchen Aid Mixer


Mixing Bowl (I like that these have grippers and they’re pourable) + Wooden Spoon (This one has a corner scrapper!)

Now, onto the recipe!! Click HERE for video, but you’ll want to save this post for written instructions! PS—please hit the thumbs up and subscribe if you like the video! ??

In your kitchen aid or mixing bowl combine the following:

-1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats

3/4 Cup Nut Butter

1/8 Cup Ground Flax Seed

2 TBSP Pure Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Craisins (can sub any dried fruit or nut options)

Mix until well combined. Form into balls and align on baking mat, plate or parchment paper. Let sit in fridge for 30 mins-1 hour to set then enjoy! Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 5-7 days!

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Blueberry Coconut Oat Cookies

Blueberry Coconut Oat Cookies

Y’all know I love this banana oat base for cookies, but I tried a new combo and I’m in love… and so is Char! ??? This is a simple recipe so let’s just get straight to it!

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-Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

In your kitchen aid or hand mixer, combine:

-2 ripe bananas

-1.5 cups of old fashioned oats

-1 tsp of cinnamon

-2 tsps of nut butter

-1 tsp of maple syrup

-1/3 cup of shredded coconut

-1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips

-After well combined, fold in 1/3 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

-Scoop onto a greased baking pan (I like to use this reusable mat)

-Top with additional shredded coconut

-Bake for 12 minutes

-Let cool + enjoy!

These cookies are perfect for anytime of day… you can even get away with having one for breakfast! ??

I hope you enjoy this recipe + feel free to reach out with any questions! Happy baking!!


Black Bean Brownies Recipe

I have been wanting to make Black Bean Brownies for a while now and finally decided to do it, and the best part was, I had all the ingredients already in my pantry, so I bet you do too. So go ahead and hit the pin button on the graphic below to save this post because you don’t want to lose this easy, flour-less, healthier brownie recipe! 🙂

Black Bean Brownie graphic

This recipe is adapted from Katie over at Chocolate Covered Katie… head over to her blog and check out all the yummy treats she has!

So the trick with these yummy, ooey + gooey brownies is to serve them first, then revel the secret ingredient of black beans. I can pretty much guarantee no one will even notice until you tell them!


  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 2 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well.

Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan.

Optional: I sprinkled extra chocolate chips and chopped walnuts on top.

Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes (I did 17), then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.

Recipe yields 9-12 brownies!

2 notes from Katie, the recipe developer:

  1. A blender can work in place of a food processor if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor. 
  2. If they still look a bit undercooked after letting them cool, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! 


I hope you all enjoy these yummy and guilt-free brownies! And trust me, you’ll be hooked on this healthier option… I know my family is! Oh and PS, they are toddler approved.

Don’t forget to tag me when you try these, @figs.and.freedom…even though I did not create this recipe, I still love seeing you guys try what I find + share!