No-Bake Energy Bites (Warning: Addictive – eat at your own risk!)

These are amazingly scrumptious. I can’t get enough. Nor can anyone else in my family, or the neighbor who kindly lent me her food processor when mine died mid-recipe. They’re a great replacement for energy or granola bars crammed with sugar – the only thing in here that isn’t a healthy simple ingredient is the the chocolate chips, and you can make your own chocolate with this recipe if you’d like these to be 100% healthy! But I don’t mind cutting corners once in a while.

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This recipe has been quite an evolution for me. It all started with inspiration from this energy bite recipe by Ali at Gimme Some Oven, but I’ve developed and changed it to the point where it’s worth sharing my own new recipe. I wanted to cut down on the sweetener used (honey – not a bad option), and boost the fiber, vitamins, and minerals through adding more dried fruit instead. I also discovered that adding a bit of coconut oil makes these magical. 🙂

These energy bites arose out of a need for a super quick grab-and-go energy boost. I juggle a lot of things – my blog, coaching my clients, motherhood, coaching students at my alma mater, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and my most recent addition, teaching English as a second language (ESL) to Chinese kids ages 4-12 through VIP Kid. I set my own schedule, and I love it – but to get in a few good classes before I’m back to Mama mode for the day, I often get up around 5am on the days I teach. Normally I’d scramble some eggs and take my time with breakfast, but my sleep is too precious for that. Instead it’s a hard-boiled egg, a banana, a handful of these to snack on in between classes, and voila – breakfast!

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s so easy. Further, you can substitute to your heart’s desire for different nuts, nut butters, dried fruit, etc. So let’s get down to it, shall we?

 

Energy Bites Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (80 g)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (80 g) – (This can be hard to find, here’s the best deal I found.)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds (80 g)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (112 g)
  • 1/3 cup raisins (53 g)
  • 3 large medjool dates, pits removed (60 g)
  • 1/3 cup apricots (53 g)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (128 g)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (28 g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. In a food processor, thoroughly blend the oats, coconut, chia seeds, and chocolate chips.
  2. Add the raisins, dates, and apricots, blend thoroughly.
  3. Add the peanut butter, coconut oil and vanilla, and blend until the mixture reaches a smooth, consistent texture. You may need to stop the food processor and mix by hand if all the sticky ingredients end up in one area.Energy Bites 1
  4. Make tablespoon-sized balls by pinching and squeezing. (I found these too dry to roll easily, they would crumble instead.)
  5. Store in the fridge or freezer, and enjoy! Makes about 75 energy bites.

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These keep very well in the freezer, and baby is due later this month – so I plan to stock up for when I need some quick energy on the go!

I have yet to find someone who doesn’t absolutely love these. I hope you enjoy them just as much! Share your thoughts and recipe variations below.

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