BY MADISON SKAKLE
Energy bites are quick, healthy snacks that you can enjoy before or after a workout, on your way to dropping the kids off at school or for an after-dinner dessert. They are easy to make and perfect for the whole family!
Energy bites are a great snack because they are portable, healthy and super easy to make. I make a big container of energy bites at the beginning of every week and store them in the refrigerator for quick snacking. I’ve developed a base recipe with five different variations. You can start with the base recipe or, if you want to spice it up, add your own flair and select add-ins that are suitable to your taste buds.
The main ingredient in my energy bites is oatmeal. I love oats because they are among the healthiest of the whole grains and a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. When I eat 1 or 2 energy bites between meals, I’ve found that I stay fuller longer, but without feeling weighed down. For me, these are perfect before I work out super early in the morning because it’s just enough on my stomach to keep me satisfied without feeling too full.
Basic Energy Bite Recipe
Makes: 20-25 bite sized balls
- 1 cup dry oatmeal (old fashioned works best)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add everything to a medium bowl and mix to combine well. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and let it chill for about half an hour. This resting time helps to ensure that the balls will stick together when rolled.
Take a tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and roll into a ball. Repeat with the remaining oat mixture. If for some reason your bites aren’t sticking together, add a little bit more honey or peanut butter.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
Variation 1: Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
Add ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder and ½ cup mini chocolate chips to the oat mixture. This is my personal favorite energy bite because I’m a chocolate lover to the extreme. You can even warm these in the microwave for 10 seconds to make your chocolate a little bit melted. Yum!
Variation 2: Cranberry Spice Energy Bites
Add ½ cup cranberries and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon to the oat mixture. This is a great variation for your friends who don’t love chocolate and tend to go for the more spiced route. I love these energy bites during the fall!
Variation 3: Monster Cookie Energy Bites
Add ½ cup mini M&Ms and ½ cup raisins to the oat mixture. This variation of energy bites resemble those famous “Monster Cookies” that we all love, but are healthier and nicer to the waistline.
Variation 4: Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
Add ¼ cup pumpkin puree, an additional cup of old fashioned oats, ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. These energy bites are perfect for all the pumpkin lovers! You can even add in a bit of chocolate chips if you’re missing the chocolate goodness.
Variation 5: Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites
Add ½ cup dried and chopped cherries, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and ¼ cup mini chocolate chips and use ¼ cup maple syrup instead of honey.