I am a busy mom, so a healthy snack that gives me a pick-me-up is a perfect idea for someone like myself who is running around trying to do too many things at once! Whether it is getting the kids to school in the morning or trying to squeeze in chores between everything else that needs to get done, I don’t always have time to sit down for a meal.
I originally started experimenting with this recipe by using a few tablespoons of almond butter, a drizzle of honey, and slowly adding in some dry ingredients in a small bowl to make a single serving of delicious “cereal” in the morning. The recipe below is very versatile, so be creative – all you really need to do is find a good balance of wet and dry ingredients. I used to purchase raw food bars, and it is nice to be able to make my own, with my own choice and selection of ingredients.
This recipe is peanut safe, because my daughter has a severe nut allergy, so all of the ingredients are peanut safe (including the chocolate chips). However, I often see energy bites with peanut butter and other products that contain nuts, which you can certainly use. (Do be careful even if using a different kind of nut butter, because even non-peanut butters are often processed with peanuts.)
- 1 cup dry oatmeal (I use quick oats)
- 1 cup coconut flakes (can be sweetened or unsweetened, depending on your preference)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (we use Ghiardelli because it is peanut safe)
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or any nut butter)
- a sprinkle of chia (I use Salba Smart organic chia) or flax seeds
- 1/4+ cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Mix the dry ingredients first, and then add the wet. I add the honey last, by drizzling it over the mixture, because it can make the recipe very sweet, so I add it little by little until I get just the right consistency.
I actually store this in the fridge as sort of “granola” type form in a container, but you can also use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls or bites.
You can really use whatever ingredients you like, as the nut butter and honey will hold the mixture together as long as you have the right ratio of wet and dry.
This makes for a nice boost any time of day, and it makes a tasty snack especially when you are on the go!
These look amazing, I sure can use some energy. As a teacher, I get tired and hungry in the afternoon, these would make a great snack!
I like making no bake bites but they always end up falling apart because they’re too dry. Would love to this recipe next.
I need to make these for sure. I love no bake stuff. Plus I could always use energy.
I really love the sound of these. I’ve never made energy bites before. they’d be good before the school runs.
This is no bake? Amazing. I’d love to try these energy bites.
This is so easy and delicious. I am so excited to make this at home. Thank you!
These look and sound so yummy. I love a good energy bite. I need to try this recipe .
Wow! I can’t believe that this is no bake! This looks absolutely delicious and yummy I love it!
These look amazing. I make something like this, but a bit different. I’ll have to give yours a try. They sound good.
These energy bites look delicious! I recently switched to cooking with almond butter as some of my extended family members have peanut allergies.
These energy balls have all the ingredients I love. The perfect healthy snack!
I love energy bites. I have never made my own like these.Sounds delish to me.
My skin is allergic to nuts as well! So, I’ll definitely try this healthy snack recipe 😍
These energy bites are amazing. Sometimes all I need is to have a break and make something easy in the kitchen. This is it!
I’ve been searching everywhere for a good no bake energy ball and this one looks perfect!! Why had I never thought to add vanilla before? And we are big fans of almond butter, so I know my boys will love these too!
This looks yummy and easy to do it. I will keep this recipe in mind. Thank you for sharing!
this is a great recipe, I’ve always wanted to make easy to eat snacks that are healthy for kids
I like that they’re no-bake. These would be a great treat for mid-day for me!
These are a favorite in our house! We just made some last week, yum!
This is a great substitute for granola bars we get in the store. I would also love to soak it in milk and have it like a meal. Chia seeds are and interesting twist
I have been eating a lot of oats and snacks lately. It does improve productivity in the morning.
I love no-bake recipes and would love to try this. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Very timely since we have all the ingredients available. Will try to make one tomorrow.
These are the perfect snack to take the next time I go hiking. What a great idea! I’m definitely making these.