I was going to save these for a rainy day… Well, it’s not rainy, but these have been on my mind since I made them(and you know, since we devoured them all). My kids regularly go into the fridge for whatever they want and when these were in there, I had to hide them to save a few for myself :D These are inspired by my regular No-Bake Energy Bites which we still make and enjoy on a regular basis with all different kinds of add-ins. I was just feeling like something a little different so I slightly adapted my original recipe to make a chocolate version. The ones in the picture turned out slightly drier than I would like so I changed the recipe to hopefully fix that. If yours are much too dry, consider mixing in an extra tbsp of nut butter and/or honey.
For the longest time I made fruit and nut bites like my Chocolate Fig Truffles – don’t judge, they were from my second week of blogging! I almost didn’t want to link it, haha. Then we got sick of those kinds of treats and have been making these, but I’m ready to go back to the fruit and nuts idea, I remember them being more filling, and more naturally sweet, which I enjoy. If you make things like those or like Larabars, what’s your favorite combo? I’d love to try out some new ideas
Don’t forget, these would make awesome school snacks, but some schools don’t allow peanut butter, or even any nut butters at all. You can try using sunflower butter if you enjoy it – or try making your own by toasting sunflower seeds and processing them in a food processor till they’re the consistency of peanut butter. It is a little bitter, but if you think you might enjoy it, give it a try – plus it’ll be good mixed with honey and cocoa like in these
makes 1 1/2-2 dozen depending on size
- 1/2 C nut butter(I used peanut butter. Use sunflower butter for a nut-free version)
- 1/3 C honey(alternatively, brown rice syrup works well and other liquid sweeteners may work as well)
- 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa
- 1 C rolled oats
- 3/4 C coconut(or any other dry ingredient, like oat bran, ground flax, wheat germ, ground nuts, etc)
- 1-2 tsp vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 C add-ins(I used a mixture of roughly chopped dried cherries and chocolate chips)
In a medium sized pot over low heat, warm the nut butter and honey. Once warm and liquified, take off the heat and stir in the cocoa powder, vanilla and sea salt. When combined, mix in the oats, coconut or other dry ingredients and the add-ins until completely combined. Chill in the fridge until not warm anymore, then roll into bite sized balls. If your mixture is too dry, just simply squeeze the balls together instead of rolling them. Store at room temperature or in the fridge.