Sometimes we just need those pick me ups in the middle of the day. We will reach for chocolate, maybe coffee, or even an energy drink if we are really feelin’ it (I’ve been there). We reach for these things because they are super convenient, easy and pretty much require little to no work. I work in a corporate office, so that grind in the middle of day can get pretty tiring. But I found something that is AMAZING, and I am going to share it with you!
NO. BAKE. ENERGY. BITES. Y’ALL. #MINDBLOWN
Not only are these little balls of delicious, well delicious. But they are a power house packed with protein and a little bit a sweetness. Like, your snack game has never been more on point, or should I say… well rounded. (see what I did there ;))
This is the best busy, on-the-go, type of snack for all you boss babes.
No bake energy bites are really easy to make and you can add in anything you want. You just need a dry base, and a binding agent.
My all time favorite is banana, PB and chocolate. They have the perfect amount of sweetness and protein. Since they are based with oats, they are filling so you don’t feel like you need to toss back a handful (or you can… we don’t judge). And if you do toss back that handful, you can live guilt free since these are also super healthy!
I did not follow a ‘recipe’ and honestly you don’t need to be a gourmet chef to make these. These truly are SUPER easy and will be done in like 25 minutes.
1-2 Bananas (the riper the better)
1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips or so (I used Dark Chocolate and the mini ones so they aren’t so huge when forming the balls)
1/3 cup of Honey (Agave would work well too!)
2 cups of Dry Oats (I used classic rolled oats)
1/2 cup of Peanut or any other nut butter
1 tablespoon of Flaxseed
1-2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds
(made loosely off of the measurements below! Adjust as you need to, and to taste!)
At this point you can throw in anything else you may want. Add some cinnamon to spice it up. Maybe some coconut flakes for some sweetness. Don’t like dark chocolate, try milk or even white chocolate chips! You can even add vanilla to sweeten it up even more. The options are pretty much endless.
Now, to prep!
Smash the bananas in a bowl with a fork. The smoother the better, the riper the sweeter, and in my case the better! I did not use vanilla so my ripe bananas filled in for that sweetness factor.
Add the dry ingredients in one bowl, and add the wet ingredients in another.
Dry: Oats, chocolate chips, flaxseed and chia seeds
Wet: honey, and nut butter (banana is already mashed in a separate bowl)
To make mixing easier, place the honey and nut butter mixture in the microwave for a few seconds to smooth it out. Once it is out, mix those two together.
Once mixed, add to the mashed banana and mix together well. This is going to be what binds your energy bites together!
Once all of the wet ingredients are mixed well, mix it together with the dry. I take the wet, and pour it (more like plop it) over the dry ingredients because I think it is easier to mix.
Make sure you mix this together well. If your energy bites look too dry, add more nut butter; if it is looking too wet, add more oats!
Once everything is all mixed together, set inside the fridge for a few minutes to rest. This helps the honey and peanut butter to start to mold the oats together and harden a little more.
Now comes the fun part!
After it has set for a few minutes, you can start forming it into ball shapes. The bigger the ball, the more filling it will be. I tend to make it about the same size of a drop of cookie dough or ping-pong ball. Pack it pretty tight too so it won’t fall apart.
Once you have formed all of the balls, set them to harden in the fridge. I would let them sit at least twenty more minutes or so; overnight is even better.
You have really great, delicious and healthy snack to take along with you. Keep the main batch in the fridge and pop the rest in a little container or bag.
I can’t wait to try out more of these no bake recipes! So easy and so delicious!
If you have ever made no bake energy bites, let me know what you used! And if you end up trying this recipe, let me know how you like it!