I apologize in advance if you have a recipe just like this. I’ve seen these kind of energy bites around for ever now and all the recipes are very similar so if this happens to be anyone else’s exact recipe, I’m sorry! That being said, what I’m going to give you is more of a formula. You see, I never make these the same. The general amounts of things stay the same but the ingredients are always changing so I’ll tell you what are in these, but I’ll also give you my secret formula so you can make your own flavor combinations too
I originally got this idea from a blog that’s no longer up and running, probably 3 years ago. A good friend of mine would come over to visit when we first moved into our house and we couldn’t keep our hands out of the freezer when there was a bag of these inside. They are so good. Sweet enough to be dessert but they’re quick and easy and a great source of energy. Plus some healthy fats and a good amount of fiber to help keep you feeling energized and satisfied.
They keep indefinitely in the freezer and I find them so much more addictive when they’re frozen almost solid. But if you’d much rather be able to sink your teeth into them at a moments notice you can keep them in a sealed container in the fridge and I’m sure they’ll last quite a while. Plus they’re much easier for kids to eat when they’re soft from the fridge. If you are making them for kids I would recommend making them smaller than I did as they do begin to “melt” after a few minutes in warm little hands
makes approximately 2 dozen depending on size
- 1/2 C nut butter(almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or any other nut or seed butter. Anything will work here)
- 1/3 C honey(I believe brown rice syrup would also work. I’m not sure of thinner sweeteners such as maple syrup and agave though as they may not hold together as well)
- 1 C old fashioned rolled oats(you can toast for a nuttier flavor at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes)
- 1 C shredded unsweetened coconut(you can substitute any dry ingredients for this, wheat bran or germ, oat bran, some ground flax seed(I wouldn’t recommending using an entire cup!), any kind of ground nuts or seeds. For a cookie dough type bite try adding a few tablespoon of your favorite whole grain flour)
- 1-2 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt if using a natural nut butter with no added salt
- 1-2 tsp your favorite spices or spice combinations(optional)
- 1/2 C other addins(any kind of whole or roughly chopped nuts or seeds, dried fruit, good quality chocolate chips, etc)
In a large bowl add the nut butter, honey or other sweetener, vanilla and salt if needed. Use less vanilla if yours is very strong or more if you really enjoy the vanilla flavor and don’t buy an alcohol based kind. If all your ingredients are room temperature you should be able to stir to combine. If this is difficult you can warm in the microwave for a few seconds or even place the bowl in an inch or two hot water for a few minutes to soften everything. Once this is combined add the remaining ingredients.
In this case I used almond butter and for my addins I used equal parts sesame seeds, poppy seeds and mini chocolate chips. Mix well. Once it’s all combined place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Then remove from the fridge, scoop out some dough and roll into a ball. I find it’s much easier, and works better to squeeze the handful together to compact it and then roll it into a ball.
If yours are too sticky you can considering adding more dry ingredients into them or rolling them in something like ground nuts, coconut, etc so they aren’t as sticky. Place the balls in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer for quick and easy snacks.
For a chocolate option, go to my Chocolate Energy Bites recipe