Easy Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites

Need an easy on-the-go snack packed full of energy?

No Bake Energy Bites - MOMables.comCan you guess what the favorite snack among the kids in our test group was? “Bars.” These included protein bars, energy bars, fruit bars, and all sorts of packaged “bars,” promising to be nutritious.

When parents were asked the #1 reason for purchasing them prepackaged: convenience. 

Most of the snack bars and protein bars those kids were eating were primarily designed for adults, and the only nutrition was the added vitamins. To give parents credit, when shown this recipe of how easy it is to make your own energy bars, most made the switch. In addition, the packaged snacks get expensive!

 

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Lunch Box Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites
 
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Cuisine: Snacks
Serves: 18-20 bites
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut/non-nut butter)*
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips, and raisins.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the peanut butter mix into the oat mix, until thoroughly incorporated. Let it chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll it into balls. Store in an airtight container, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Notes
* The peanut or non-nut butter you use will make a difference in how well these stick together. If they are not holding together well, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more peanut butter. My creamy peanut butter holds these just fine with ½ cup.
*you can use quick oats for this recipe, however, you might need to adjust the quantity since the mixture might be a tad sticky. If so, add more oats.
Of course, her photo sold me immediately too! Kids LOVE bite-size things, and they were a huge hit!  You can double the recipe and freeze some. I put some in the lunch box, and they are ready to eat by snack time.

 

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Laura Fuentes is the founder of MOMables and a mom to 3 kids. She's the Author of 3 cookbooks, has competed (and won!) on Food Network, is a TODAY Food contributor, has a column on the Huffington Post and creates recipes for numerous print magazines. She also produces recipe videos for the MOMables YouTube Channel.