No Bake Energy Bites
No Bake Energy Bites that are not only scrumptious but actually good for you too.
No bake energy bites (or energy balls as some people call them- um, gross) seem to the newest trendy snack in the food blogging world. Just go ahead and add them to the cool food list along with kale salads, Paleo desserts and one pot meals. While I tend to shy away from trendy- foodie things included, I have to admit I was immediately drawn to the concept of the no bake energy bite. These are perfect snacks for someone who is on the go all the time, works out daily and is always looking for a quick bite to tide me over.
Total side note but calling these energy balls is a no-no. It will likely spark a conversation with your husband that you wish you never had. Just saying.
So back to the energy bites that we are not going to call balls. (BALLS!!!!) Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. But seriously, back to the bites. I couldn’t help but notice so many of the energy bite recipes I saw called for ingredients I wouldn’t necessarily want if I was looking for a healthy pick me up. Chocolate chips, sweetened coconut, un-natural peanut butter and a whole lot of honey. While I’m sure they’re absolutely delicious, it’s not quite what I want out of grab-and-go snack to fuel me after a workout or tide me over to the next meal. I might as well treat myself to a Snickers bar, you know?
Instead I opted to stick with ingredients that were sustaining, wholesome and offered me more than a sugar buzz. These no bake bites are loaded with good-for-you ingredients: gluten free oats, almond meal, unsweetened coconut, dates, cacao nibs, hemp seed and just a touch of honey. After making these twice and modifying each time, I can tell you that these are perfect the way they are and the splash of pure vanilla extract and a pinch of kosher sea salt are mandatory- they balance all the ingredients and tie these energy bites together.
I think these are amazing right from the freezer where I store them. They don’t fully freeze but are the perfect firmness and have such a nice bite to them. I’ve been wrapping them individually in wax paper and then throwing them all into a large ziplock bag for easy storage and quick to grab and go. These are great in your ski jacket pocket for a quick snack on the lift and great with a cup of coffee for a mid afternoon pick up. My husband will tell you they make an excellent midnight snack though I can’t vouch for that. I’m more into eating this in the car, between working out, running to the library, picking kids up from school and stopping at the grocery store.
Bites or balls (here we go again….) these are money. Sustaining, tasty and winning.
Have a great day, everyone! xo, KelleyPrint
These no bake energy bites are a nutritional power house.
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup gluten free oats
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
- 6 dates
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- In the base of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, put almond flour, oats, coconut and dates and pulse until dates start to break up. Then turn food processor on and blend until dates are thoroughly mixed in.
- Add cashew butter, honey, vanilla and salt. Blend to combine and mixture is cohesive and thick.
- Add chia seeds, hemp seeds and cacao nibs. Pulse just to combine but not to break up cacao pieces.
- Roll mixture into 16 bites. Freeze or refrigerate and then grab and go!
Wrap these in wax or parchment paper for easy grab and go! They’ll store in the fridge for up to a week and the freezer for up to a month.