Easy Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites

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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!

Originally, I had this as a “bar” recipe (you can still do it like that if you’d like).  After a late night of recipe-browsing I found a similar recipe on Smashed Peas & Carrots and she had made them into bite size.  How clever!

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Lunch Box Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites
 
If you want to make these into “bars” mix all ingredients and pour in a 9×9 baking dish. Let chill. Cut into 9 3×3 rectangles (or smaller).
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Cuisine: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Coconut Flakes
  • ½ Cup Ground Flaxseed
  • 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, add oatmeal, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips and raisins.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk peanut butter, honey and vanilla.
  3. Pour wet mix into dry bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! 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 1-2 tablespoons more peanut butter. My creamy peanut butter holds these just fine with ½ cup.

Of course, her photo sold me immediately too! Kids LOVE bite sized 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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Comments

  1. Ilissa says

    I just made these today. They were not holding together as some other people had also indicated so I added more peanut butter. They rolled together much easier after that. I think the recipe should call for 1 cup of peanut butter instead of 1/2.

  2. Elizabeth says

    hi I made these last night. put them in the fridge overnight. I made some balls input the rest into a pan and covered it. thinking I could make those into bars. They weren’t sticking this morning so I put that tan in the freezer. I read a comment I need to add more liquid than? I will try this again I tasted it and it taste yummy.

  3. Michele says

    I have made these twice now. They are very good, but the first time I really struggled to get it all to hold together for balls and this time I can’t get the balls to form at all; it’s too crumbly. Obviously it needs more liquid, but at this point what should I add, and how much?

  4. Renae says

    Not sure what I did wrong….they tasted wonderful but there’s no way I could have rolled them into balls, they just all fell apart. I did omit the raisins, would that have been the problem?

  5. Jenny says

    Do you think they are really only good for a week? All the ingredients are shelf stable much longer then a week! Just trying to get as much out of them as I can!

  6. Becca says

    I think I’ve burned my kids out on snack cookies that use raw oats. Have you tried doing this with toasted oats? I’m wondering if it would give it enough of a cooked flavor that my kids would eat it.

  7. Kim says

    Hey! I’m wanting to try making these right now but I don’t have any flax seed. Can i just leave it out this time? Or use something else to replace it?

  8. Cynthia says

    Wondering if you might know the answers to these questions. Can ground flaxseed be made by taking flax seeds and grinding them in a mini food processor? Can flaxseed be toasted, or is it better to use as is?

    I want to try this substituting the raisins for cranberries! Thanks!

    • Jay Melo says

      I grind flax seeds in my blender. It works great. Just an old blender no special kind. I have not tried toasting.

  9. Newbie says

    I tried to make these, but because the oatmeal I made was fresh …thus warm, it melted all if the chocolate chips and turned into a gooey, sticky chocolate mess. Is the recipe supposed to say just oats or do you use oatmeal from the fridge?

    • says

      I apologize, the oatmeal is dry. or, Dry oats. What you have you can warm a serving in a bowl and serve with milk. We call that an “energy bowl”

  10. sarah says

    I really want to make these, but would probably end up freezing them, since we have a small family! Anyone know how long they will keep in the freezer? Thanks in advance!!

  11. Beth says

    We love these at our house! I use a small ice cream scooper, it’s a little bigger than a melon baller to make these. I do the scooping part and my 4yo makes them into the little balls! She loves to help and is always so proud when we are done. The last few times I made them I added a couple Tbsp. of melted coconut oil and they tasted just like an Almond Joy!

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