I know I told you all that Friday is my least favorite day of the week…but I am thinking it may be Monday. It is hard to get back into the swing of things after a great summer weekend.
For some reason, I was really off when I returned home Sunday night; no appetite, restless legs and a sore back that all resulted in cereal for dinner and a 1am bedtime. Monday started real slow and with the addition of rain all day, my motivation was dragging.
I managed to run some errands, unpack, hit up the grocery store and start the laundry. But by time the afternoon rolled around, I was ready for another pick-me-up.
As you know, no bake cookies are hands-down my favorite. I’m not sure what it is (the chocolate, peanut butter, oats, butter)…ok, maybe it is all of that that makes me love the cookies so much.
Of course, we can’t sit around eating cookies all day. It’s a hard knock life. So, when I started craving something sweet in the afternoon that would also give me energy, I made these bad boys and my life was forever changed. Toss out those pre-packaged bars, these are 1000x better.
And not only do they taste better, the no bake energy bites recipe is super simple to whip up, are made with healthier ingredients, and taste like cookies!
To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together until combined. (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands. I do!)
The best thing about this recipe is that it is super flexible as well. So if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or if you are just looking for other substitution ideas, feel free to use:
*Different (or no) chocolate: I generally use dark chocolate chips. But you can also substitute in any other kinds of chips (butterscotch, milk chocolate, white chocolate, cinnamon chips, etc.). Or if you are vegan, I recommend cacao nibs. Or if you don’t dig chocolate, you can leave this part out all together.
*Different nut butter: If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to substitute in any other kinds of nut butter, like almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or get creative and use chocolate nut butter to give them the taste of a chocolate no bake!
*Different sweetener: I really prefer honey in this recipe. But agave also works and is vegan, and some readers have had success with alternative sweeteners too.
In general, if you start experimenting with different ingredients or leave some ingredients out entirely, the balance of the recipe may be a little “off”. So if they get too dry, add a few more of the sticky ingredients like honey and/or peanut butter. If they get too gooey, add in more oats.
The name of the game with this recipe is customization. So feel free to give them a try and keep tweaking them to whatever specific combination tastes and feels good to you. And don’t worry, they won’t last long so you can try a whole new combo next week!
No-Bake Energy Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: About 3 dozen
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
*Place nut butter in a microwave safe dish and warm until slightly soft. (Not all nut butters will need this step, but if yours came from the fridge, I highly recommend doing so.)
*Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
*Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls (completely depending on how many bites you taste-tested along the way.