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Recipe: No-Bake Energy Bites

[ 0 ] October 15, 2012 |

I discovered this recipe about a year ago and I make them all the time. What’s great about these energy bites is that you can change the recipe to fit your tastes and experiment with the ingredients if you feel like changing things up a bit. Originally, I made them as an easy breakfast when matched with some fruit salad, but they are so yummy that I ended up eating them all the time. I don’t feel too guilty, though, because as you can see, they are pretty healthy. I like adding chocolate chips because I have a big sweet tooth, but you can easily leave them out or add dried fruit instead if you’d rather keep them super nutritious.

The first time I made them I followed this recipe from Gimme Some Oven:

  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

Now I’ve changed a few things to better fit my tastes:

  • 1 cup flakes & almond cereal (any brand)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

If you are allergic to peanuts you can switch the peanut butter for almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or whatever you like. If you are allergic to all nuts I’ve heard that Sunbutter is really good. Another option is Wow butter, which is peanut-free, treenut-free, gluten-free and dairy free.

If you would like to add some calcium you can add powdered milk. But be aware that when adding certain ingredients, it may change the overall texture of the mix. If you add a lot of dry ingredients, you may have to add more honey to keep it sticky. If you find that you changed the recipe and they aren’t sticking together as little balls, it is still yummy to eat right out of the bowl with a spoon, or you can put them in small tupperwares if you want to keep them in snack sized portions.

Some other ingredients you can consider swapping include: dried fruits (cranberry, blueberry, apricots, raisins, etc.), chia seeds, rice crispies, chopped banana chips, protein powder, coconut oil, M&Ms, white chocolate chips, shredded wheat, chopped almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pretty much anything else your heart desires!

These energy balls make great pre or post workout snacks. They’re great for breakfast, snacks in between meals or dessert. Feel free to leave comments about how this recipe worked out for you. What did you add/remove and how did they taste? Be creative & enjoy!

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