No-Bake Energy Bites
These No-Bake Energy Bites are a low calorie snack that utilizes healthy ingredients. We love these protein balls because they’re portable, guilty-free (not that you should feel any sort of guilt when eating food), energy boosting, and delicious! If you’re constantly battling an unhealthy snacking habit or you need to curb your sweet tooth, this recipe will be your saving grace!
Protein Balls & Snack recipes
Snacks are inevitable. I can’t be the only one fighting off hunger pains come 10am and 3pm! If you’re like me, I have some portable, healthy(ish) recipes for you to try:
- Pumpkin Energy Balls – taste just like a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie!
- My husbands personal fave – Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls (they taste like a Reese’s!!)
- Beet hummus served with homemade naan bread
- Oatmeal raisin energy bites – taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie!
- Homemade Granola Bars – so easy to make, and they taste like a hug; a food hug. Dead serious.
- Healthy Almond Joy Bites – if you like the candy bar, you’ll love these!
- Baked oatmeal cups– a delicious and easy meal prep breakfast option
- Healthy Breakfast Cookies – cookies for breakfast?! Yes!
Being a busy mom, I’m DESPERATE for snacks that are filling, healthy, and not fruit snacks. These no-bake energy bites check all of those boxes PLUS they’re delicious! It’s true! My son and I crave them all the time.
I love this recipe because it’s the perfect serving size and curves my appetite, but they taste good enough to call “dessert.” I mean truthfully they have everything I want in a cookie: chocolate and peanut butter.
Healthy No-Bake Energy Bites
No-Bake Energy Bites are also referred to as protein balls or protein bites, and for good reason. These small balls are loaded with protein, healthy fat, fiber, and great flavor.
They’re delicious, portable, and healthy.
And easy. Like, super easy. 10 minutes easy.
No-Bake Energy Bites ingredients:
I have good news, you probably have all of the ingredients you need to make this recipe in your pantry. These no-bake energy bites utilize common household pantry staples.
- rolled oats
- ground flax seed – you may not have this, and if you don’t that’s ok. You can omit the ground flax seed if you’d like, or substitute it for more oats or kodiak cakes mix.
- peanut butter
- mini chocolate chips
How to make energy bites
In a medium bowl combine the oats, flax seed, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and mini chocolate chips.
Stir to combine.
Using a small cookie scoop portion out the dough into 1-2 inch size balls.
Place the balls on a baking sheet or plate, then set in the refrigerator or freezer to set.
Pro tip: If you find the dough is sticky, you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in the fridge to chill. I would only chill it for 15 minutes. Once chilled, remove the plastic wrap and portion the dough into small balls.
How to store energy bites
Do energy bites have to be refrigerated? No. They will keep at room temperature just fine, however, they will be quite soft and might stick together.
Can you freeze energy bites? Yes! These are freezer friendly. Once rolled into balls and slightly chilled, you can place the balls in a freezer safe ziptop bag. The peanut butter protein balls will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Whether you’re storing them in the refrigerator or the freezer, be sure to place the energy bites in a ziplock bag or airtight container to maintain freshness.
Energy bites will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tips for making energy balls
- If the “dough” is too sticky and it’s hard to roll the energy bites into balls, place the “dough” in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes.
- On the contrary, if the dough is too dry add a tablespoon of peanut butter or a little more honey to the mixture.
- If you’d rather not use a liquid sweetener you can replace the honey with dates. Simply pulse the dates in a food processor and then mix that with the remaining ingredients.
- Rather than roll the energy bites into balls you can place the mixture into a parchment-lined small pan and cut them into bars/squares. I would use a bread pan if you want the bars to be thicker in width.
- For added convenience some readers have placed the energy bites in ice cube trays! They then pop them out when ready to store or devour.
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No-Bake Energy Bites
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix to combine.
- Roll into 1-1 ½ inch size balls. *
- Place the energy bites on a baking sheet or plate and freeze or refrigerate until fully set, about 30 minutes-1 hour.
- Place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Store the energy bites in the fridge for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
This post was first published January 9, 2019 and has since been updated to include more information and helpful tips.