Happy Fri-YAY everyone! We made it through yet another work week, which means we are that much closer to spring!
I don’t know where you’re reading this from, but it is about to be unseasonably warm in Kansas City this weekend (up to 70 degrees on February 17th!?), and I cannot wait to get outside and enjoy it! If it is just as beautiful wherever you are, I hope you are able to get out there and soak it up, too! Ethan and I will definitely be hitting the dog park with our pup at least once; little Harley is going to be happy as a clam. He just loves to run and play and fetch after sticks that are way too big for him.
I am so excited and beyond ready for warmer days. I know it’s so much easier to be active during the warmer months, and let’s be honest — we are all way more motivated when the weather is nice and the sun is shining. I know I am anyway! With that being said, I want to encourage you to capitalize on every opportunity to go and move your body! Trust me, it will thank you. Then after you get in some good exercise, you can refuel with some of these delicious energy bites! 😉
This is one of the first recipes I shared back when I started my blog in 2015. Where has the time gone?! These bites have also been one of my favorite go-to, healthy snacks since that time.
I found the original recipe on Gimme Some Oven and never looked back. They do not disappoint, people. I love to eat them as a pre-workout, post-workout, or honestly, anytime snack. Let’s face it; I’m a hungry gal. I definitely eat between meals, and I also really love bedtime snacks. These are perfect for all of the above, and best of all, they do a great job of satisfying my sweet tooth. If I have a batch of these energy bites around, I usually eat two a day, if not more. : )
My favorite part about these bites is that they are full of good-for-you ingredients. They contain some whole grains, healthy fats, protein and fiber, but most importantly, chocolate. What would life be without chocolate? Ugh, I don’t even want to imagine.
Side note: are you team milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Or white chocolate?! Honestly, I don’t discriminate LOL. I love it all! You can totally mix it up and use milk, dark or white chocolate chips in these bites to keep it interesting! Hell, you could even use butterscotch or peanut butter chips. There are no rules when it comes to cooking! That’s what makes it so fun!
Since I’ve been making these babies for a few years now, I have mixed up the recipe several times. It’s very versatile and sometimes I don’t have certain ingredients on hand so I’ll substitute something that’s *close enough* and it always just works. Don’t you freaking love it when that happens? The main things you don’t want to mess with are the peanut butter and honey, because they are quite literally the glue that hold these things together. I think I’ve finally nailed down my favorite version of these bites, so I thought I’d go ahead and share my most updated and frequently made recipe with you! Get excited!!!
No Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 2/3 cup original Grape Nuts cereal
- 1/2 cup organic ground flax chia blend or ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup pure raw honey
- 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Place bowl in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill.
- Remove from refrigerator and form into balls (about 1″ in diameter, or desired size.)
- Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
The original recipe calls for coconut flakes. I am not a huge fan of coconut and I think the Grape Nuts provide a nice crunch, as well as some extra protein and fiber. If you are a big coconut fan, use that instead! You could also substitute unsweetened dried cranberries here.
Have a great weekend!