This no-bake Protein Energy Bites Snack Recipe is just the fix when you need a quick dose of natural energy without a sugar-penalty to your FRESH eating plan!
It's a new favorite in our house after we made them for our neighbors and friends as a Christmas goodie a few years ago! They are gooey, chewy and just barely sweet, but not too much! Packed with fiber, whole grains and nut butter, they’re just loaded with good nutrition. Yum.
These bites are “no bakes,” and that is TRULY why we love this delicious recipe! It's a flexible recipe, too - if you end up omitting one of the dry ingredients (such as coconut or flaxseed), just add in some "extra" of any other dry ingredient is remaining in the recipe (for example, the oats.) If you feel like they come out too dry, add in a drizzle of extra honey or peanut butter. Although it’s also not required to refrigerate this dough, it helps the balls stick together much better. We think they are also tastier if they are a bit chilled!
Protein Energy Bites Snack Recipe
- 1 cup (dry) old-fashioned oatmeal
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 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 a gallon Ziploc or airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
- Makes about 20-25 balls.
Substitution ideas: There are plenty available for most of these ingredients! Substitute your favorite nut butter (almond or sunflower butter, etc.) for the peanut butter. Wheat germ works in place of some or all of the flaxseed.
Hint: I would caution though against substituting agave nectar for the honey, as the honey’s thickness helps hold things together, and as most of you know, I don’t much appreciate agave nectar LOL!
Some other add-in ideas for this recipe (but make sure that if you add more dry ingredients, you need to add wet ingredients to keep the consistency right):
- dried berries (cranberries, cherries, etc.)
- chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
- other grains (different kinds of oatmeal, rice cereal, etc.)
- Chia seeds (only 1 Tbsp or so)
Source: Found on Gimme Some Oven blog, and slightly adapted from a recipe on Smashed Peas & Carrots.