We’ve brought the best flavors together into this energy bites recipe! These exciting oat balls are filled with energizing ingredients like protein, maple syrup, flax meal, and almond butter! You’ll love how nourishing every bite is – a truly delicious combination.
Here’s a wonderful snack for before a workout, after a workout, or just when you need a little pep-in-your-step! These protein energy bites are so simple and all you need is a few staple items to make this healthy snack!
- Why these are the Best Energy Bites
- Key Ingredients
- How to make no-bake energy bites
- Storing no-bake energy balls
- Tips and recipe substitutions
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Related recipes to try!
- Energy Bites
Why these are the Best Energy Bites
- My kids and I devour these energy bites in minutes! They are the best little round healthy oat balls filled with protein, flax, healthy fats, and cozy spices.
- No-baking required! You can make these healthy protein balls in minutes and can eat them in the raw!
- They fill you up and energize you for hours! Oats and flax meal have high fiber and almond butter has healthy fats, all of which provide lasting energy that does not spike sugar levels.
- quick cook oats – make sure they say ‘certified gluten-free’ for gluten sensitivity or celiac.
- coconut oil melted
- vanilla protein powder pick your favorite kind – we tested these energy bites with whey protein. Lactose intolerant friends? Check out this post on the best protein powders for lactose intolerant.
- flaxseed meal
- almond butter
- maple syrup – if you don’t have maple syrup on-hand, see our ‘tips and substitutions’ below.
- chia seeds
- vanilla extract
- pink salt – or table salt, but we like Himalayan salt for trace minerals and extra nutrients and energy.
- mini chocolate chips – can use vegan, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate.
- hemp seeds – optional to roll the energy bites in for extra nutrients.
How to make no-bake energy bites
STEP 1: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well (may need to use hands to mix). Set in refrigerator for about 20 minutes to harden slightly or roll right into balls.
STEP 2: Using your hands, roll into 24 balls and set on a a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Optional to roll each ball in hemp seeds. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
As always, please see full recipe details in the printable recipe below.
Storing no-bake energy balls
Store the no-bake energy bites in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator. If your house is warm they may get greasy from the oils of almond butter and coconut oil. Setting them in the refrigerator will quickly harden them so they do not lose their shape.
Tips and recipe substitutions
Feel free to roll into hemp seeds for even more iron and protein (also try our protein oatmeal). These are great to make with kids since it is fun for them to roll them into balls and then dip in hemp seeds before eating!
- You can substitute maple syrup for another sweetener that is similar to texture such as honey or agave.
- Quick cook oats can be substituted with old fashioned rolled oats. The texture will be slightly harder and may need a splash of water to roll the dough into balls if it seems dry.
- Almond butter can be substituted for another nut or seed butter such as peanut butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are energy bites good for you?
Yes! Energy bites made with natural sugar like these are healthy and good for you. They contain oats – which are slow to digest and keep sugar levels steady. Flax meal, coconut oil, and almond butter are healthy fats that fill you up and provide lasting energy. We also sweeten these energy bites with maple syrup, a natural sugar that contains loads of vitamins and vitamins.
How much protein is in an energy bite?
Each high protein energy bite contains 4 grams of protein. We suggest eating up to 4 per serving which is 16 grams of protein and makes a meal.
Do energy bites have caffeine?
Chocolate naturally contains small amounts of caffeine and these energy bites are made with chocolate chips. If caffeine is a concern you can skip that ingredient or substitute it with dried berries or white chocolate chips. These have such a low amount of chocolate in each energy bite that I don’t think it will have any effect.
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