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A very versatile recipe that will make about 10 bite size enery-boosting balls. If you find that the mixture is too dry - try wetting your hands as you shape them into balls.
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IngredientsMakes: 10 energy balls
- 80g oats
- 130g smooth peanut butter
- 80ml honey
- 45g chopped dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon chocolate-flavoured protein powder, or to taste
MethodPrep:10min ›Extra time:30min chilling › Ready in:40min
- Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds and protein powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Cover bowl with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Scoop up a small portion of the chilled mixture; roll in the palm of your hand to form bite size balls. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
- Store in the fridge for when you need an energy boost. These will keep for about 3 days in the fridge.
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I've just made this and subbed the honey for coconut oil and the dark choc for chopped dates (purely because I didn't have either in the house) Tastes amazing and makes it vegan! Worth a try!-22 Aug 2017
These are so good! I don't use the chia seeds, but I do use the flax seed. Be sure to grind the flax seed to get the full nutritional value from it. I used a little coffee bean grinder. Great recipe!!-05 Mar 2014
I use almond butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I only put in a couple tablespoons of honey. One thing that helped a ton was wetting my hands when forming the balls.-28 Sep 2014
Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Bites
My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.
When you need a pick me up and don’t wanna reach for a candy bar, reach for real delicious food instead. It’ll satisfy and nourish. Here’s my favorite base recipe for an “energy bar” that I like to make even smaller for bites. Remember, snacks should help hold you over until your next meal, so no need to make these completely satisfying – these are perfect to curb hunger and sweet cravings.
You can make these into bites, as shown here, or make thick bars – it largely depends on you and your needs.
Here are 4 ways to customize this recipe:
- Use a combination of dried fruit to use with the dates. For example, add in few dried cherries to give the bars a fruity flavor.
- Swap almond butter with peanut butter or cashew butter.
- Spice it up with your favorite dried herbs, seasonings and spices.
- Boost protein by incorporate your favorite flavor of lean protein powder (meaning protein with 0g fats and 0g carbs)
- In a food processor or blend, pulse together pecans, almond flour, flax meal, protein powder, chia seeds, sweetener, baking powder and salt.
- Add cream cheese and nut mik to the food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a 6-8 oz greased ramekin. Mix in ChocZero Dark Chocolate Baking Chips and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
- Top with sugar free vanilla whipped cream, ChocZero sugar free syrups and spreads or your favorite low carb berries.
Annie walks us through how to make delicious low carb chocolate baked oats.
Energy bites are typically packed with healthy fats, fiber, and protein, making them an excellent, healthy on-the-go snack!
These two-bite treats are filled with powerful ingredients like oats, and peanut butter and don’t require any baking. In other words, they’re amazing and you should eat them.
Rolled oats are fine to eat raw, especially when combined with other ingredients.
- Easily substitute other ingredients such as various nuts and seeds, or even a little dried fruit.
- Keep in mind that when substituting different ingredients, you want to maintain a good ratio of the dry to the wet ingredients.
- If freezing, plate the bites on a baking sheet and allow to freeze for an hour before transferring them to an airtight container or freezer bag. This helps to prevent the balls from sticking when removing them from the freezer.
Chocolate Oat Energy Bites
Last night I set out to make my usual Chocolate Energy Bites to share at a talk I was giving to the Richmond Spirit Runners this morning… But as I’ve stated before, I’m terrible at following recipes (even my own haha), plus I really wanted oats in there (because they are a great carb source to help fuel before and re-fuel after running). So I ended up throwing these ingredients into a pot and voila, the end result was delicious with many requests this morning for the recipe, so here it is!
These make a great pre-run or post-run snack – full of essential omega-3s from the hemp hearts, anti-inflammatory antioxidants (flavonoids) from the cacao and immune boosting beta-glucan from the oats, as well as MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) from the coconut oil, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and butyric acid from the grass fed butter, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids from the peanut butter.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Bites Recipe
This recipe is so simple — you won't even need to turn on the oven! Just mix up the ingredients and allow time to refrigerate the bites before serving.
- 1 cup almond butter
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups oats
- ½ cup to 1 cup chocolate chips or mix-ins of your choice
1. Beat almond butter with a hand mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
2. Mix in protein powder.
3. Beat in honey and vanilla extract, mixing until well combined.
4. Gradually add in oats, blending on low speed, then stir in chocolate chips.
5. Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and refrigerate.
Usually this recipe turns out well, but depending on the consistency of the almond butter you have available, it may be a little dry. In this instance, you'll need to use a little more honey to help the mixture stick — you can also try adding a small amount of flaxseed oil or coconut oil to bring moisture to the mixture.
You'll know it's right when the consistency feels good in your hands and you can shape the bites the way you want to.
This versatile protein balls recipe can be adapted to suit your taste
Don't feel limited to making balls — you can make this into a slice or into larger energy balls to suit you! You can also vary the taste by adding in coconut flakes, flaxseed, chia seeds or dried fruit – the options are endless.
Happy baking! Check our more of my healthy recipes here!
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9 Energy Bite Recipes That Are Easy and Flavorful
Make-ahead snacks can certainly come in handy during a busy week. You're hungry, but you don't have time to cook or want to make any more messes. You don't want anything from the vending machine at work, but you've long since exhausted your stash of emergency fruit bars. So how do you snack smartly? You make a stash of "energy balls," which are little bites of delicious superfoods, like nut butter, coconut, cocoa nibs, seeds, and more, and you keep them in your drawer, purse, gym bag, or any other spot where your snacking pangs might hit.
While energy bites might taste sweet and decadent, they're actually really good for you. Here are a few low-sugar energy ball recipes to choose from for your snacking needs. Once you learn these basics, let your imagination wander with other stir-ins and combinations.
Add all of the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix until well-combined.
Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and water to the oat mixture. Mix until well combined (it will eventually form into a batter that resembles stiff cookie dough).
Shape into 25 balls (1 tablespoon worth) by forming each bite with your fingers and then rolling between your palms to create a smooth ball. Sprinkle each bite with some coarse kosher salt or sea salt. Alternatively, you can sprinkle a light coating of salt on the countertop and roll the bites in the salt.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze them, as they're delicious frozen, too!
20 Easy, Nutritious Energy Ball Recipes Kids Love!
As a mom of three young kids, I’m always on the look-out for healthy homemade snacks that my kids love. We often turn to energy bites or protein ball recipes, because they’re so easy to make and you can pack them full of nutrition.
I love finding interesting flavour combinations for energy balls (my favourites always contain chocolate), and unique uses for nutritious ingredients that I already have in my fridge and pantry (like quinoa and coconut).
Energy balls are great for a quick and nutritious snack on the go, or to add to school lunches (just make sure to use a nut-free butter).
I find that my kids love them (almost like a treat!), but they’re also filling and nutritious, which makes me feel good as a mom and registered dietitian.
When I make energy or protein bites I make sure to include protein-rich ingredients such as nut or seed butters, hemp hearts (these are my go-to), chia seeds, and protein powder (this one is my fave). And then I add a bit of sweetness with honey or maple syrup (and occasionally chocolate chips), and some sort of whole grain or flour such as oats, quinoa or coconut flour.
What makes these even easier to make is using good quality baking sheets with non-stick silicone mats. I have inserted links to the ones that I like to use! For many energy ball recipes, you need a blender or food processor. I love this one and use it daily!
To inspire you, here’s 20 nutritious energy protein balls that kids love!
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, (you can also use mini chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberrries)
- Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together well. Form into balls. If the mixture is too sticky, chill in the fridge for easier handling. Enjoy!