Have a Ball with Bikeshare


As a founding partner of WE-cycle, Aspen Valley Hospital has been supporting healthy living through community bikeshare since 2013. Together, the two nonprofits promote lifestyle choices — like fresh air and exercise — with natural preventative benefits. In celebration of this month’s National Hospital Week and in gratitude for our local healthcare workers, we offer you another healthy fix: Chocolate-orange Energy Bites, a low-sugar, nutritionally dense snack that will help keep you rolling. Check out the recipe below for one more way to have a ball with bikeshare!


Serving size: 1 ball • Yield: 16 • Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Zest of one orange
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup almond butter (if dry, moisten with ½ to 1 teaspoon of neutral oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a medium size bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add honey, almond butter and vanilla extract and combine with dry ingredients until evenly mixed. The dough will be thick; working the mixture together with your hands is often easiest. Gather one tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. It should be about the size of a ping pong ball. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.


Wet hands first to avoid sticking. Rinse and repeat if sticking occurs midway through.