No-Bake Energy Bites

As a student I’m constantly on the go. Having convenient and nutritious snacks on hand is key to keep my energy up in order to get through class, my dietetic internship or a workout. Energy bites are one of my favorite go-to snacks. Instead of grabbing a granola bar that has an ingredient list a mile long, these energy bites have just 8 (and all ingredients that I can pronounce). Plus, this recipe is super adaptable. Instead of chocolate chips and wheat germ, you can swap in raisins, coconut and a dash of cinnamon. Or if peanut butter isn’t your favorite, add almond butter. On top of that, I keep mine in the freezer so so I have them on hand when I want them but don’t feel the pressure of having to eat them all in a week.

No Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup nuts (pick your favorite)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 5 prunes
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • ¼ cup wheat germ or shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor
  2. Blend until mixture begins to stick together when you squeeze it together
  3. Add chocolate chips and pulse 5-6 times to combine chocolate chips
  4. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour
  5. Roll into balls that are the size of small golf balls and refrigerate for up to 1 week

Notes –

  • If your dough is too dry, add either a little more peanut butter or honey to see if it comes together
  • Feel free to add more peanut butter instead if you don’t have sunflower seeds or substitute another nut like walnuts or almonds
  • Don’t like peanut butter? Feel free to sub another nut butter like almond, sunflower, etc.
  • No prunes? No problem. Sub raisins, 2 Tbsp of extra honey or dates to keep the sticky texture that helps these energy bites hold together
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