Energy Bites

Energy Bites are a healthy no-bake snack you will actually look forward to! They’re filling, easy to make (no food processor needed!) and stay good for days in the fridge. Energy Bites are convenient and perfect for snacks on-the-go or as a sweet treat in the lunchbox!

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Sometimes it’s difficult to find a snack that’s convenient, healthy and something you’ll actually look forward to. I mean, I know a handful of baby carrots would be a perfectly healthy snack in the afternoon. But let’s be honest…..does anyone actually look forward to carrots?

Yeah yeah, I get that veggies are important, but I can’t remember a time when I ate a cold carrot and thought to myself “oh yeah, that’s satisfying.” I just don’t. I’d much rather get my vegetables at lunch and at the dinner table.

Perfect for new moms

When McKinley was a newborn, I remember my doctor saying “make sure you’re keeping your body fueled, too.” Being a new mom is the best thing ever, but it’s easy to forget about nourishing ourselves. Then again, look at that sweet face I could stare at for days….

As any new parent knows, those first few weeks and months are exhausting and some days seem to suck the life out of you. I remember being so overwhelmed by the encouraging texts, visits, cards, and gifts our loved ones brought us.

And the food! I probably could’ve not cooked a single thing for an entire two weeks! And there wasn’t a single meal that wasn’t absolutely delicious. However, one of the best things that one of my girl friends brought over was a container of energy bites.

They were packed with healthy ingredients and the pop-able bites made them easy to grab and go. (Perfect for when I’d wake up hungry with an irritable babe at 2 am;)) Since then, I’ve decided to create my own version of the energy bites concept. Simply said, they’re a HIT with our family and I hope they are for yours as well!

Are energy bites good for you?

There are so many recipes for energy bites out there, and it depends on the recipe. Some are and some are full of sugar and less “good stuff.” I like this recipe because it’s full of flavor, healthy fats and uses honey (and a few chocolate chips) as the sweetener. The fats from the peanut butter will help you stay full longer.

How long do energy bites last?

I’d recommend keeping them in the refrigerator for up to seven days and in the freezer for up to two months. If you choose to freeze them, simply let them thaw out in the refrigerator before eating.

How should energy bites be stored?

They can either be stored in an air-tight container or a resealable baggie. If they will be frozen for later, I do recommend using a freezer bag to keep their optimal flavor.

Are energy bites gluten free?

Energy bites can easily be made gluten free. Although oats are naturally gluten free, they’re often processed in a plant that also processes wheat. Therefore, it’s important for someone allergic to gluten to purchase gluten free oats.

One of my other favorite healthy snack recipes (and popular breakfast item!) are my Healthy Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins – YUM!

Energy Bites

Energy Bites

Kelsey
Energy Bites are great to have on hand – they're the perfect grab-and-go snack and tasty treat for the lunchbox. Best of all, they're keep your tummy satisfied all afternoon!
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Servings 30 energy bites

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1/2 c PB2
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c quick oats
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 c mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  • Stir until fully combined. (If it is too hard to stir, you can add an extra teaspoon of water, but remember you do need to be able to form them into balls)
  • Roll 2 tbsp of the mixture into a ball and repeat until complete.
  • Store in a tightly-sealed container in the fridge for up to 7 days, or freeze up to 2 months.
Keyword chocolate chip, energy balls, energy bites, gluten free, snack

Added to the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday.

3 Comments

    • I’m glad you asked! It’s a powered peanut butter – it’s got about 65% fewer calories and less fat than regular peanut butter without compromising the peanut butter flavor. Most grocery stores carry it – you can find it by the peanut butter. If you cannot find PB2, you can use regular peanut butter instead and just omit the water. If it’s too sticky, simply add almond flour until it’s a nice rolling consistency. Good luck!! -Kelsey

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