Quick and easy no-bake Energy Bites filled with oats, honey and nut butter. A healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Choose your favorite flavor!Energy Bites? Energy Balls? Peanut Butter Bites? I don’t know what to call these. What I do know is that they are addicting, satisfying, and wholesome, and you need to make them NOW.
With back to school in full swing I am currently preparing and packing snacks like it is my job (wait, I guess it kinda is)? I try to stay away from most packaged/processed snacks and feed my kids healthier homemade snacks whenever possible.
These Energy Bites are filling and hearty and loaded with lots of “real food” ingredients. Well, except for the chocolate; technically, that isn’t super nutritious. I’m sharing four flavor options with you, but get creative and make these any flavor you choose.
All you need is a handful of ingredients, a big bowl and a spoon – here’s how to do it.
Oats: Oats are the base of this recipe. I use quick oats because they are softer and smaller than old fashioned oats. The finer texture helps the bites to hold their shape.
Nut Butter: You can use any creamy nut butter you’d like. Peanut butter is my first choice, and almond butter is a close second. Choose a nut butter you like; we’re using a whole cup of it and the flavor will come through. I prefer no-stir peanut butter for this recipe. If you use nut butter that has oil separation, it might not hold together as well.
Honey: The tastiest glue ever. Honey sweetens these little bites and it holds them together. I like a mild honey, so that it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients.
Mix-ins: Here’s where you get to have fun! Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, M&M’s, and more! I have four different flavor variations to choose from, or you can make up your own.
Energy Bite Flavors
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites: Cinnamon, raisins and walnuts.
Blueberry White Chocolate: Dried blueberries and white chocolate chips. Dried cranberries or cherries would be great in this one, too.
Trail Mix Energy Bites: Nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
M&M Energy Bites: Mini M&M’s and mini chocolate chips.
These Energy Bites are great as a snack, breakfast, or even a healthy dessert. With 5 grams of protein per bite, these are a filling and delicious way to energize you for your day.
- 2 ½ cups quick oats
- ⅔ cup almond flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, or any other nut butter you like
- ½ cup honey , plus more, if needed to make them stick
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cups mix-ins see note
- In a large bowl, combine oats, almond flour and salt. Add peanut butter, honey and vanilla and mix until well combined (I start with a spoon and then use my hands). Add mix-ins and stir to combine. Roll the mixture into tightly packed golf ball sized balls. Refrigerate until firm, a couple hours. Store in the fridge.