These no-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites are amazingly simple with just a few wholesome ingredients for a perfectly sweet on-the-go snack!
Do you guys tend to hit that afternoon slump where the only thing that sounds good is vegging out on the couch or taking a nice nap? I find it so hard to stay motivated and focused in the afternoon, it’s my least favorite working time of the day. Luckily being self-employed has its perks and I can create my own schedule based on when I work the best. Things don’t always work out that way, though, and sometimes I just need a burst of afternoon energy to get things done. I know many of you are probably the same way, which is why I think today’s recipe will become a weekly favorite in your house! These bites contain just a few simple energizing ingredients that you won’t feel guilty about indulging in, despite the fact that they taste just like peanut butter cups! Not to mention they’re a total hunger zapper. They’re loaded with a healthy mix of complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Like I mention in the video, you can totally customize these bites any way you like! There are really endless possibilities. Add in shredded coconut, roll them in cocoa powder, add in nuts or dried fruit. You can also play with the ratio of wet and dry ingredients to make your bites as crumbly or as chewy/sticky as you like. Have fun with them! I find these bites store best in the fridge. If you’re planning on taking these on-the-go with you to a warmer spot, such as to a picnic or for your kid’s field trip, you’ll want to pop them into your snack bag while they’re cold so the chocolate won’t melt as the day goes on. You can even freeze these for longer storage! I like putting them in my snack bag straight from the freezer so by the time I’m ready to munch on them they’re defrosted and cool but not melted. Melted chocolate is a serious hazard of living in Phoenix!
Taste: Just the perfect amount of sweetness. These seriously taste like peanut butter cups – without any guilt!
Texture: Slightly sticky, chewy, soft, with a little crunch from the oats.
Ease: Outrageously easy. This recipe is basically just assembly instructions.
Appearance: These bites aren’t exactly stunners but they’re pretty cute.
Pros: Healthy, easy, no-bake, perfect energizing snack.
Cons: Absolutely none!
Would I make this again? Yes! I make these all the time.
How to make Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites
Yield: about 30 bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
You can also press this mixture into an 8×8-inch baking pan to make bars.
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup dry old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
In a medium bowl stir together all of the ingredients with a spatula or clean hands until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firmed and no longer sticky.
Use a small spring-loaded scoop or two spoons to make balls about 1-inch in diameter. Store the balls in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 1 month.
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