Delish one bite treats, these Energy Bites pack some protein and a mini burst of flavour. These are a perfect mid afternoon pick me up and also make a great sweet for adding to school lunches.
I mostly make these Energy Bites for my kids as they’re pretty guilt free but feel like a treat. I’ll offer them as something to keep them going while I’m making dinner or as an after school snack in the car. They also store nicely in the fridge as something to add to school lunches in lieu of granola bars (we’re trying to eliminate anything with waste packaging and I’m always on the hunt for ideas since we’re on a two ‘nutrition breaks’ schedule requiring many small items).
I also used to keep the Energy Bites on hand for myself back in my breastfeeding days as a quick hit of a few calories to keep up with feeds between meals. Recently I made them for a friend who just joined me with her third baby boy 🙂 She asked for the recipe and here I am obliging!
Go nuts with the substitutions. Don’t like dried fruit? Use chocolate chips. Allergic to peanuts? Use Wow Butter (*an important swap out for school lunch purposes). The key ratios you need to hit are the 2 cups dried, 2/3 cup sticky and 2 tbsp syrupy – these are what provide them the right texture and bind. The rest is completely up to you!
The ingredients I list are what I used this time around. It all depends on what’s in my pantry that day. I’ve put some notes there as well on easy substitutions or variations. I’ve not yet found a combination I didn’t like and no matter what they’re a nice little sweet without the addition of processed sugar.
- 1 CUP SHREDDED COCONUT
- 1 CUP QUICK OATS
- 2/3 CUP NUT BUTTER I used peanut butter or almond butter, but also have tried with Wow Butter so they're safe for school lunches
- 1/2 CUP DRIED FRUIT I usually use cranberries because I like the pop of colour, but have also used raisins and even chocolate chips as a substitution
- 3 TBSP SYRUP Maple, Agave or Honey
- 1/3 CUP GROUND FLAX Optional
- Measure and mix all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl
- Chill in fridge for 20 minutes (or more)
- Roll into 1 inch diameter balls