With the abundance of cookies and decadent treats this time of year, I’m a big fan of homemade snacks that are both healthy and easy. I actually make these energy bites year round, but they are especially useful to have around when days are long and crazy. My favorite part about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can mix and match endless combinations of ingredients, so that you never get sick of eating the same snack day after day. I always start with a base of oats, almond or peanut butter and honey. From there I incorporate other ingredients like sliced almonds, ground flax seed, chocolate chips and chia seeds.
This time around I used Justin’s maple almond butter and it was incredible. The energy bites were packed with protein and I loved the hint of maple in every bite. I recommend melting your almond/peanut butter over the stove so that it is more easily incorporated into the oats. If you don’t want your chocolate chips to melt into the mixture, just allow the almond butter to cool slightly before mixing everything together. The mixture can be pretty sticky, so if you have trouble forming the bites, try wetting your hands a little bit first. These are best stored in the fridge and make a perfect portable snack when you’re running low on energy!
*Disclaimer: Justin’s generously supplied the almond butter for this recipe, but all opinions are my own.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes (optional)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter, melted
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you prefer. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.