If you are anything like me, you sometimes need a little, sweet, pick me up.. Or your kiddos are always coming and looking for a snack. These simple chocolate chip energy bites save the day! Mix them up in about 10 minutes, pop them in the fridge and they will be waiting for you next time you need a little treat (and they are kinda healthy, too!)
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Why you should make these now!
Chock full of oats and peanut butter they will give you a little boost of energy and fill you up.
- The base of energy balls are oats which are known to be a great source of fiber, a super healthy grain, and naturally gluten free. Oats have been proven to help reduce cholesterol, help with lowering blood sugar, and aid in digestion. They are known to be one of the world’s most nutrient dense foods. And, they are simple to prepare and delicious to eat! A real winner of an ingredient if you ask me.
- Another great benefit comes from the nut butter in these energy bites. Nut butters provide a great source of protein which helps us feel fuller longer, especially combined with the oats. And since you can sub in any kind of nut butter, you customize the flavor to what your family likes.
- Lastly, they can satisfy the craving for something sweet while still being good for you.
- They can be mixed up in about 10 minutes and store well for about a week in the fridge. A great addition to meal planning and prepping!
A few notes on the ingredients:
- Oats: I like to use rolled oats in this recipe, but you could substitute quick oats as well. I would NOT use instant oats.
- Nut Butter: I like peanut butter in most of these recipes, but almond butter works great too. If you have a nut allergy, feel free to substitute SunButter or another nut-free alternative.
- Honey: You can easily substitute maple syrup or agave syrup here.
- Spices: Adding in warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg can help change the flavor profile from chocolate chip cookie to oatmeal raisin cookie, as well as just adding in a little something extra.
Simple step by step instructions
First, add the oats and other dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Then, add in the honey and peanut butter and mix until the mixture is well combined. If you see that the mixture is just a bit too crumbly you can add either a tablespoon or two of warm water or a bit more honey. Either one will act as a glue to help things stick together well.
Stir in your mix-ins and then form the mixture into small balls, a bit smaller than golf ball size. Place into an airtight container, separate the layers with parchment or wax paper and pop into the fridge. Enjoy as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Almost anything that you would like. You just want to keep the proportions the same. So if you leave out the chocolate chips, substitute and equal amount of another mix in. Here are some ideas for you:
* Super healthy (chia seeds, flax seeds, ground oats).
* Fun and sweet (coconut flakes, chocolate chips, mini m&m’s).
* Nuts and fruits (raisins, dried berries, chopped nuts)
Quite easily in fact. They are easily adaptable for those with special diets, food sensitivities, etc.
To make them dairy free, make sure your mix-ins contain no dairy products
To make them nut free, substitute the peanut butter for a nut free option like SunButter.
To make them gluten free, be sure your oats and mix-ins are both gluten free
Yes, however, if you are going to serve them to kids under 1 year old, I would substitute the maple syrup in place of the honey. They can get a little messy, but they are a great healthy-ish snack for your kiddos!
One More Tip:
- The chocolate chip energy bites are best stored in the fridge and keep up to about a week. Why the fridge? Mostly because they will stay together better once chilled. But also because if you don’t hide them a little bit they will disappear within hours of you making them. Hide some for yourself…you won’t be sad about it. You can also pop them in the freezer if you want to make them in advance, but they will need to thaw a few minutes before you eat them.
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energy bites - simple base recipe
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter or any other nut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon spice cinnamon
- 1 cup total mix-ins chocolate chips, coconuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc
- Put all ingredients into a large glass bowl
- With wooden spoon (or your hands) mix until thoroughly combined
- Refrigerate about 30 minutes to make it easier to roll into balls
- Roll into tablespoon size balls. (It’s about half the size of a golf ball)
- Refrigerate again for about an hour, then enjoy!
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