These are probably my simplest energy bites yet. And you would not believe how fast they were eaten. They’re like cookie dough so I think you can assume how awesome these are.
I realize I usually stay away from anything processed, but in this case we had some Halloween candy still hanging around that I wanted to use up. I can guarantee these are just as yummy with your favorite dark chocolate chips, or even cacao nibs. Or go a completely different route with dried fruit, chopped nuts or seeds. Really, you can do anything with these.
Don’t they even look like cookie dough? Yum!
Just a quick note, don’t use coconut flour in these. You’ll need to actually grind up your regular shredded coconut to get the right texture. If you don’t mind grains, check out the original energy bites I linked to, or you can always use rolled oats or even oat bran, wheat germ or whatever else you can think of that’s similar.
I hope all my American readers had a lovely Thanksgiving(and long weekend if you got one!) My hubby is catching up on his vacation time for this year before this year is over(is it really that time of the year already?) so hopefully things wont be too sporadic around here. I haven’t decided what I’m posting later in the week yet, but I have some delicious and festive whole wheat biscotti to share and some raw peanut butter cookies among other things. Stay tuned! And I hope you enjoy these for now!
- ½ C natural peanut butter
- ¼ C honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- 1½ - 1¾ C unsweetened shredded coconut, ground in a blender or food processor
- ½ - ¾ C chocolate chips, cacao nibs, m&m's or smarties, or dried fruit or chopped nuts
- Gently warm the peanut butter and honey if needed and stir together. Add the vanilla and sea salt and stir well.
- Measure and then grind the coconut just until finely ground. Add the coconut to the peanut butter mixture and stir well adding as much as needed up to 1¾ cups. The mixture will still be sticky.
- When completely combined, add any extra addins(chocolate chips, etc) and stir in. Cool the mixture before adding chocolate chips if it's still warm as the chips will melt.
- Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle. Or refrigerate overnight and remove from the fridge for 30 minutes or so until soft enough to roll into balls. Scoop spoon sized pieces and roll into balls.
- Place in a container and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
Feel free to reduce the amount of honey slightly, just be sure to add a little extra nut butter or reduce the amount of ground coconut and addins. These are fairly sweet so even half as much honey would still be sweet enough.
Almond butter is a great alternative to the peanut butter used in these.
If the bites are too soft to pile up in a container, to store, place on a plate or baking sheet and chill in the fridge before transferring them to a container to store.