These Energy Bites are so really easy to make and make a great snack whether you are at home, work or on the road. They are made with wholesome ingredients like nut or seed butter, oatmeal and shredded coconut.
Even though the Energy Bites I made today did not include a sweet component, you can always add chocolate chips, dates or raisins.
I've made these a couple of times now, and I usually take them on Friday as a snack with my lunch. And it seems like my family seems to like them. as well.
Oh and by the way, did I mention that there is no cooking involved? Ya, that's right!
Tips and Tricks to Making these Healthy Energy Bites
Choosing Ingredients For these Energy Bites
Some food bloggers use peanut butter substitutes as a way to reduce calories (e.g. PB2). You can do this as well if you like, but if your using more dry ingredients you'll need to add in more liquid ingredients like maple syrup or honey so that you are able to combine everything together into a consistency that will stick together and hold its shape.
If you can, get some real natural peanut butter, don't use the other stuff (if you know what I mean). You want to use a peanut butter made from peanuts only. There shouldn't be any other ingredient in your peanut butter.
In this recipe, I use whole ingredients rather than low calorie substitutes.
Use Your Muscle to Make These Energy Bites
You will need to use a little bit of elbow grease when you are mixing up all the ingredients together. As you start to mix the ingredients, the peanut butter will start to loosen up. This will make it easier to combine everything together. This should take about 5 minutes using a fork.
Be prepared because making these will require some muscle. It's best to either soften the nut or peanut butter before you begin working with it. If needed, microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until it is soft enough to start working with it.
Add in oatmeal, coconut and any other ingredients like chocolate chips, dates or raisins.
Begin mixing the ingredients and once incorporated start forming them in one inch balls or use an ice cream scoop to mold the balls.
The ice cream scoop was extremely helpful because I was able to keep all the bites neat and uniform with one another. As I made them, I placed them on a piece of aluminum foil.
Storing Your Energy Bites
As I made the energy bites, I placed them in a tray so that I could refrigerate them once done. Refrigerating them allowed the nut butter to harden an ensure that the bites would remain intact and not fall apart.
These Healthy Energy Bites also freeze very well. I freeze my bites so that I can take them as a snack occasionally. Whether you are ready to use them all or just a couple, remove them from the freezer and place the desired amount of bites into a small zipper bag and place in fridge to thaw out overnight. Even though they are healthy, you still need to add them to your diet in moderation considering all other meals to combine your total calories for the day.
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Place the nut butter or seed butter in a medium sized bowl. If it is cold from the fridge, soften it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time to get it to room temperature.
Add into the bowl the remaining ingredients. You can add in chocolate chips if you like as well.
Mix to combine well. Use your good judgement to decide if you need to add more maple syrup or honey if ingredients are not sticking together.
Measure out bites using an ice cream scoop, pressing contents down before you release the balls onto a tray or plate.
Once you have filled the tray, refrigerate the balls. You can keep them refrigerated for up to a week.
You can also freeze them and take them out as you need them.
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