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These no bake energy bites have been a long-time favorite in my home. Look no further for a healthy, satiating, freezer-friendly snack.
Much to Love About These Energy Bites
Confession time: I make this no bake energy bites recipe every single afternoon. Just a few of these cookies help me POWER through the 2 p.m. doldrums. They are SO tasty with a cup of coffee, too.
Not only do they stave off the afternoon munchies, but the balance of macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbs) make these a high-quality snack or breakfast for athletes, too.
Lastly, these are so simple to make that even kids can do this! Have these help you make a big batch to keep in the freezer.
With a few simple pantry ingredients, you can whip these up in no time! The beauty of this recipe is the ingredients are somewhat fluid. Add or subtract based on what you like or what you have on hand.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Peanut butter (sub: almond butter or sunbutter)
- Old-fashioned or quick oats
- Flaxseed (Why eat flaxseed?)
- Dark chocolate chips (or 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- 1 cup of any combination of add-ins: chopped nuts (i.e. chopped pecans, sliced almonds, etc.), unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, soft dried fruits (i.e. raisins, dried cranberries, etc)
Step-by-Step: How to Make Powerball Cookies
Like I mentioned, this recipe is so simple that the kids can help you!
- Round up all of the ingredients you want to use and add them all into a big ‘ol mixing bowl. Stir like crazy to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.
- Then, wet your hands slightly, and roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch sized balls. Place in a storage container or freezer bag in a single layer. Divide layers with parchment paper.
- Store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for 3-6 months.
I’ve found that if I warm the peanut butter and honey just a tad initially, it makes it easier to stir all of the ingredients together.
How Do I Store No Bake Energy Bites?
Here’s the fun part. Using wet hands and/or a small ice cream scoop, form small balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
You’ll freeze them this way so that they hold their form. Once they are frozen, transfer them to an airtight freezer container, squeeze out all the air, and store them in the freezer for 3-6 months.
Be sure to train the kids to know where they are at. They’ll be asking! (Or, if you’re like me, be sure to hide them for yourself. 😉
Make sure to make a double batch too. Not only do these make a great afternoon snack, they can also be a great breakfast!
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- 1 cup all-natural peanut butter or almond butter (crunchy peanut butter is really yummy!)
- 1 cup honey (I often cut this back to 3/4 cup and make up the 1/4 cup with more nut butter)
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats (quick-cooking works fine)
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed (Why eat flaxseed?)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- 1 cup any combination of these add-ins: chopped nuts (i.e. chopped pecans, sliced almonds, etc), unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, soft dried fruits (i.e. raisins, dried cranberries, etc)
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Make It Now:
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter and honey until smooth. (Tip: You may want to warm them in the microwave first to make this step easier.)
- Stir in oats and flaxseed. Add the chocolate chips and your 1 cup of preferred add-ins. Stir until well combined.
- Using wet hands or a wet cookie scoop, shape the mixture into 30-35 balls. Use a heaping tablespoon of mixture per cookie. Store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer using the directions below.
Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1-3. Place the rolled cookies on a sheet pan (line with parchment paper for easier clean up). Place in the freezer for an hour or so, until hardened. Place them into a freezer bag or airtight freezer container for up to 3 months.
Prepare From Frozen: Either set cookies out on the counter to thaw slightly or warm in the microwave for about 15 seconds.