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Depending on what size you prefer to make, you should get around 10 large or 20 small energy bites using this recipe. I store them in the freezer because I think they taste best frozen, but you can keep them in the fridge if you prefer.
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IngredientsMakes: 20 energy bites
- 80g oats
- 75g dark chocolate chips
- 75g milled flaxseed
- 125g crunchy peanut butter
- 110g honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
MethodPrep:15min ›Extra time:1hr freezing › Ready in:1hr15min
- Combine oats, chocolate chips, flaxseed, peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract together in a bowl; form into balls using your hands. Arrange energy bites on a baking tray and freeze until set, about 1 hour.
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by Hiedi Heaton
To help keep the mix from sticking to my hands, I refrigerate it for about 30 minutes before making into balls. This really helps! These are also very good with toasted coconut mixed in.-05 Mar 2015
I was super impressed with this recipe!! My husband's #1 hobby is body building... I am always in search of a good recipe that fits into his eating plan. These are perfect! I have made them several times with different nuts and fruits even pumpkin is good. Serve them COLD it makes all the difference!-19 Nov 2014
I followed the recipe exactly and it made 11 medium size balls (not too big or too small). Use natural PB so the wet and dry stick together better. You can also heat the wet (honey & PB) up before mixing (balls will be darker, but same taste).-16 Jul 2015
Energy Balls Recipes
Energy balls are perfect for a quick, healthy bite of protein and nutrients. Read how easy it is to make a big batch of energy balls, and check out our favorite energy balls recipes.
40 Protein Ball Recipes Guaranteed To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Protein balls had a major moment a few years ago&mdashand keto has totally brought 'em back.
&ldquoProtein balls are super fun and have become so popular because they are easy to make, easy to take on-the-go, and can be customized to a ton of different flavors and preferences depending on what you like, including pumpkin, cookie dough, and every flavor in between,&rdquo says nutritionist Maggie Michcalczyk, RD. (Helpful tip: Most recipes require just a food processor, if any kitchen gadgets at all.)
Though these bite-sized eats feel like a treat, they can be seriously nutritious, too. Pop one for something sweet after dinner or grab two or three before a workout, she suggests.
Your goal: Stick to recipes that provide some protein and fiber. &ldquoThis combination will help to make your balls a more substantial snack,&rdquo Michalczyk says.
Many recipes get their protein from protein powder or collagen powder, or plant-based sources like nuts, seeds, chia, or hemp seeds. In addition to adding nutrition, the plant-based add-ins also give protein balls a really nice texture, says Michalczyk.
&ldquoIn terms of sweeteners, stick to natural sweeteners like honey or dates," she says. "These definitely help to give protein balls a touch of natural sweetness without going overboard,&rdquo she says.
Since many packaged varieties are loaded with added sweeteners, you're best off whipping up your own&mdashand with these 40 protein ball recipes, you'll literally never get bored of DIYing.
What Are Energy Bites?
These delicious and healthy treats are referred to by many names energy bites, power balls, protein bites, vegan truffles, and energy balls. The main ingredients that you’ll find in these snacks are:
Oats &/or Flour – If you’re looking for the healthiest option, go for the oats. They fill you up and are full of fiber.
Nut Butters – Peanut butter, almond butter and hazelnut butter (my favorite!) are how you’ll get some protein and fiber.
Liquid Sweetener – Liquid cane sugar, maple syrup and honey will keep your power balls intact while adding sweetness. If you’re looking to keep the recipe vegan, there are companies that sell vegan honey. It’s true!
Mix-ins- This is where you can have some fun. Personalize your snack by adding chocolate chips, dried fruits, chia seeds, flax seeds and really anything else you can think of!
What You Will Need (Full Printable Recipe Available Below)
- 1 cup Rolled Oats (this is the gluten-free oats that I use and Love: HERE )
- 1/2 cup Almond Butter (or you can use natural peanut butter )
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp Raw Cacao powder (this is the one that I use and Love: HERE )
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
Are these healthy energy balls?
These peanut butter energy balls come out 1,000 times more delicious than a store-bought granola bar. And guess what? They’re fairly healthy too. You can get a decent amount of protein in a few balls (which would equal 1 store-bought energy bar). Here are the particulars:
- Protein: Each energy bite has 3 grams of protein of 6% of your daily need.
- Fiber: Each energy ball has 1 gram of fiber or 5% of your daily need.
- Fat: Each energy bite has 4 grams of fat or 5% of your daily allotment.
- Calories: Each ball has 100 calories.
Of course when it comes to healthy snacks, carrot sticks or a handful of almonds are the healthiest. But if you’re looking for something irresistibly tasty and
No-Bake Energy Bites
Combine any assortment of nuts, dried fruit, mix-ins, and seasonings for energy bites that are easy to throw together and even easier to eat on-the-go.
I love keeping a batch of energy balls in my fridge each week. Not only do they help fuel me through busy days, but now my daughter loves them too! (I just make sure the nuts are really ground up and give her little pieces of it)!
They’re perfect to keep the mid-day hunger away and keep you energized all day long. Plus, they’re super tasty!
Making this No-Bake Protein Energy Bites recipe is the easiest to make. I love desserts that don&rsquot need baking and are energy boosters! They are not only easy to make but they are super fun to make and these are the type of desserts that I love getting my kids involved in helping me with!
If you would like to add raisins to these Healthy Energy balls in place of the chocolate chips that would be just fine. Just add some cinnamon as well to give you that cinnamon oatmeal and raisin cookie flavor.
Don&rsquot like protein and you prefer not to use protein powder for this No-Bake Protein Energy Bites recipe? You could use some flaxseed instead. I love all the health benefits of Flaxseed and it&rsquos important to occasionally include this in your diet somehow. A lot of what we eat today may already have flaxseed so you don&rsquot have to worry too much if you have a well-balanced diet.
Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?
The rolled oats you use to make an energy bites recipes are ok to be eaten raw so to speak. They are not crunchy like it seems and it is completely ok. They sort of soften up when combined with the honey or maple syrup along with the water and peanut butter.
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ARE BANANA NUT ENERGY BITES FREEZER FRIENDLY?
Absolutely. These healthy energy bites are the perfect make ahead recipe. You can make them on your meal prep Sunday, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
We like to make a double batch and place them on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set. Then we store them in freezer-friendly zip-top bags.
Then you just grab one or two in the morning or any time you need a quick pick-me-up.