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Chocolate Oat Energy Bites

  • Author: Katie Shmelinski
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 bites
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Bake

Description

No-bake, EASY, and healthy Energy Bites!  You can use one bowl and whip these up in minutes.  This recipe is kid friendly and super fun for them to help you make in the kitchen.


Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of rolled oats
    • quick oats will also work
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
    •  you can also use raw cacao powder
  • 2/3 cups of unsweetened coconut 
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
    • non-natural peanut butter will also work
    • you can also try subbing in almond butter instead, but the recipe will taste a little less sweet
    • substitute sunbutter to make this recipe nut-free
  • 2 TBS hemp seeds (optional)
    • you may need to add a little bit of extra oats or coconut if you omit
  • 2 TBS chia seeds (optional)
    • you may need to add a little bit of extra oats or coconut if you omit
  • 1/4 cups of chopped walnuts (or any nut you choose) 
    • you could substitute sunflower seeds for nut-free
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 6 TBS real maple syrup or raw honey 
    • If you like things a little bit less sweet you can add less sweetener, but then you may need to add a bit extra water to get the right consistency
  • 4-6 TBS water 
    • start with 4 TBS and then see if the balls stick together well enough.  
    • if they are a bit crumbly or aren’t sticking together well, add an extra TBS of water at a time till it’s the right consistency.
    • if it seems too wet – you can add some extra oats of coconut to compensate for that.
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup of chocolate chips (also optional!)

Instructions

  1. Add all of your ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a large mixing bowl
  2. Use a wooden spoon to mix and incorporate all of the ingredients. If this is a bit tricky with the spoon, you can use your hands to mix it all together.
  3. Depending on how much maple/honey, and how many substitutions you make in the recipe you may need to add a bit of extra water to help it all come together
  4. If the “batter” seems a little too wet, you can add in a bit of extra oat/coconut to help that
  5. Lastly, add the chocolate chips if you are using them!
  6. Use your hands to roll the mix into balls
  7. Place them into a container that you can cover and store in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

  • You can make this recipe your own by omitting or adding different nuts, etc.  
  • You can use the water and sweetener to bring the mix to the proper consistency before rolling them into balls!
  • Depending on how big you roll them, you can get 15-20+ energy bites out of this recipe.