No bake energy bites packed with protein and nutritious ingredients for your on the go lifestyle. These healthy little snacks offer a quick boost, perfect for slow afternoons or recovering from a workout.
No bake energy bites are a tasty solution for a quick boost of nutrition. Just eat one or two of these protein-packed balls and you’ll be ready to tackle the next task. This healthy snack recipe is made in just one bowl and makes a large batch so you can meal prep and have them ready whenever you need it.
Instead of spending a fortune on Power Bars or Cliff Bars, these no bake energy bites are perfect for that one-handed grab-n-go snack to get through the day. By making your own, you’ll know exactly the ingredients that are going into your body and you can tailor the flavor to your satisfaction. A winner for my busy family and I know you will love them too!
I made these amazing snacks for the first time many years ago when my running buddy Anne shared her homemade energy bites with me, I was instantly hooked!
It is the perfect amount of nutrition needed, and I always take a couple with me during long workouts or eat one to tackle the mid-day slump at work. When I don’t have the time to cook my healthy oat pancakes, these little snack bites satisfy that craving when I want to eat something tasty but without the huge calorie overload.
How to make energy bites
Using this base recipe will allow you to substitute any ingredients for creating different flavor combinations.
- Nut Butter: Use 1/2 cup of nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. This helps bind all of the dry ingredients together and adds extra protein to each serving. I have seen sunflower seed butter available at the market if you’re looking for a nut-free option.
- Natural Sweetener: Use 1/3 cup of honey, pure maple syrup, or agave to add natural sweetness.
- Fiber: Use 1 cup of whole rolled oats to create the bulk of the recipe. This provides soluble and insoluble fibers to your diet. Oat bran is also added for additional fiber and chewiness. Whole flaxseeds add a nice crunchy texture in addition to fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans.
- Protein: Ground almond flour adds extra protein, with 1/3 cup added. You can substitute protein powder if desired. I add 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flour to the mixture for extra chewiness and better binding when formed into a ball. This is due to the proteins in the flour exhibiting gluten formation when mixed with the honey.
- Flavor: To make the flavors pop, pure vanilla extract or almond extract is added. Warm spices like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cardamom can delightfully transform the taste.
- Mix-in’s: Chopped dried cranberries, cherries, pineapple, raisins or mango are nice fruit options. Chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and seeds are also tasty adds. You have 1/2 cup to play with, so have fun with the flavors.
- Coating: This is optional but you can add finely chopped nuts like almonds, peanuts, cashews or some ground oats to the outside of the energy bites.
Once you have chosen the ingredients you want to use for the energy bites recipe, it’s time to mix the ingredients together and roll! This is really fun to make with your family or kids. My son loves to help me add the ingredients to the mixer and roll into golf ball sized pieces.
If you want to add some extra texture, roll and coat the outside of the energy bites in nuts or oats, or an even mixture of both. If you have any issues with the coating not sticking, mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of water. Dip the bites in the honey mixture, then roll in the coating.
Drop the bag of chips and grab these healthy energy bites instead! My recipe is only 80 calories per snack bite, so one or two is the perfect snack serving. I store these no-bake snack bites in an airtight plastic container in the fridge, so they stay fresh. I just grab one when I need it, although I have noticed Jason and James nibbling on them too! What flavor combination will you make for your energy bites recipe?
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What is considered a healthy snack for children?
Now that I have a toddler, I like to keep eye on his snacking. According to California’s nutrition standards by the California Department of Education, “Healthy snacks give youths the energy they need to participate in after-school program activities. Nutritious snacks also help youth feel satisfied longer so they can focus and grow in healthy ways.” They are typically 175 calories or less per snack for elementary schools or 250 calories or less per snack for middle and high schools. USDA guidelines limit snacks to no more than 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 15 grams of sugar.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter , or almond butter
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup , or honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup almond meal , or almond flour
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 1/4 cup whole flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour , or all-purpose flour (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries , chopped
- 1/2 cup roasted almonds , chopped (optional for coating)
- In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until combined, 30 seconds.
- In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients; oats, almond meal, oat bran, flaxseed, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cranberries.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low speed until combined, 30 seconds.
- Roll mixture into firmly packed balls about a heaping tablespoon in size and place on a sheet pan.
- If desired, prepare the nut coating. In a blender, chop almonds into small pieces and transfer to a small bowl.
- Roll each snack bite into the almonds, gently pressing to coat.
- Refrigerate tray of snack bites for 30 minutes.
Store in an airtight plastic container for up to 1 month.
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