Peanut Butter and Honey Energy Bites
These Peanut Butter and Honey Energy Bites are loaded with everything you want in life: peanut butter, oats, honey, and coconut. Add some chia seed and ground flax for a nutritional bonus, and dark chocolate because it’s yummy that way.
I’ve become obsessed with these energy bites lately. OBSESSED.
Even though I have an older version of a similar recipe on my blog, I never really got the point of eating one of these small little no bake energy bites. I like my sweets big and bold, and on the fattening side. #truestory
But lately I’ve really been trying to cut down on the refined sugar, eat healthier, and make better choices. I’ve been doing a really good job – swapping out my tortilla chips for carrot sticks and hummus (whaaaaaaat? ??) and peanut butter toast for an apple. Even so, sometimes I still need a small little something to stave off that craving for something sweet so I don’t go completely over the edge.
You know how that is – because it’s Shondaland Thursday night and you’re ready to settle in with your glass of du Bellay and some kind of sweet treat. But Friday is just around the corner and you decide you’d rather spend all those extra calories when you maybeprobablyDEFINITELY will go out for dinner because you nevereverEVER cook on Fridays.
Bring on the peanut butter and honey energy bites.
These little bites are packed full of all sorts of nutritional goodness, like:
- Chia seed. Chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium – so basically, a superfood.
- Ground flaxseed. This grain is full of healthy components, and although not “conclusively established,” research indicates that flax may reduce risks of certain cancers as well as cardiovascular disease and lung disease. I’m totally down with this.
- Protein powder. I know that some people don’t care much for the taste (I used to be one of them), so try some different kinds to find one you like. My market sells some in sample size packs. I like adding the protein powder to my energy bites because it does tend to help reduce my appetite and keep my sugar level even Steven. My favorites are this one or this one. You can use either vanilla or chocolate in this recipe. Go wild. 😉
- Dark chocolate and coconut. Because who can argue with that? If you don’t like one of these things I suppose you could leave them out, but the result just won’t be the same.
Go make ya some!
- 2 scoops protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons chia seed
- 4 tablespoons honey (agave is also fine)
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Put coconut in a small bowl and set aside.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir together with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- Use a tablespoon sized scoop to portion out the mixture and shape into balls.
- Roll the balls in the coconut to cover.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes. Keep refrigerated. May be frozen.
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