I know “energy bites” are blowing up the internet lately, but I’ve never been one to turn down a great thing just because everyone knows about it. These bites have gotten me through many hectic no-time-for-breakfast mornings, busy afternoons where my only other snack option is the candy bowl on a colleagues desk, and road trips to Boston with unforgiving rush hour traffic on rt. 95.
To make the bites, all you need is one bowl and a sturdy spatula. Stir everything together until the wet and dry ingredients are evenly mixed. Cover the saran wrap, and pop into the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up. This will make it easier to roll the mixture into shape into balls.
Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Once cooled, shape the mixture into a ball size of your choice. You can use a cookie scoop for this, or get crazy and use your hands. Place each balls on the prepared cookie sheet and pop back into the fridge for 15 minutes. Try to summon your self control and not immediately eat 5 of them. If you succeed, they’ll stay fresh for up to 5 days!
(note: if you’d rather have bars thans balls, press the mixture into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment and refrigerated for 45 minutes, then remove from pan and slice into bars)
The absolutely best thing about these is that they can be completely customized based on your taste and preferences. So if you have food allergies or are looking for other fillers, give these a try:
- Different chocolate: I like to use dark chocolate chips because I think that flavors goes a long way. But you can of course substitute in any other kind of chip such as butterscotch, milk chocolate, white chocolate, cinnamon chips, etc. Or if you chocolate isn’t your thing (no judgement), you can leave this part out all together.
- Different nut butter: If you are allergic to peanuts, there are many other nut butters you can use for this, like almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or others. My absolute favorite is the Big Spoon Chai Spice Peanut Butter, which taste like the holiday season and fills your heart with joy (not to oversell it…).
- Different sweetener: I think honey works great in this recipe, but agave nector is also a great choice.
Keep experimenting until you get the right combination, making sure that you balance the “dry” and “wet” ingredients. If the balls aren’t taking shape trying adding more of the honey/butters, and if it’s so sticky that you can’t get it off your hands throw in some more oats! You do you, boo boo.
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- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.*
- Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
- Makes about 20-25 balls.
- If you don't have flax seeds, just increase the amount of dry ingredients slightly.