Can I just say how much I love this time of year on the blog??
When I first began blogging, it seemed as though November and December were the busiest traffic months here as everyone was cooking and baking up a storm for the holidays. But over the past two years, January has turned into the most popular time of year on the blog by a landslide. And you know what that means — everyone is New Year’s resolution-ing to cook! Which makes me so happy!!
Even better? The most popular recipes on my blog right now (and a few blogging friends have said the same for theirs) are the healthier ones. And even better than that? Those recipes aren’t just getting pinned — they’re actually getting made. It still kind of blows my mind when I scroll through the #gimmesomeoven hashtag on Instagram or read the comments on the blog that these recipes I type out online in my little home here in Kansas City are actually getting recreated in kitchens around the world. But apparently this is the magic of the internet — they are, and man they look tasty!!
Anyway, as always, one of the most popular recipes on the site around New Years are our various recipes for no-bake energy bites. So per tradition, I thought I would add to the collection this year with a new chocolate peanut butter edition that is 100% naturally sweetened since I’m off sugar for awhile. (Trust me, you won’t even miss those chocolate chips!)
They’re unbelievably quick and easy to make. They are chocked full of protein. And oh man — they are tasty.
Speaking of hashtags, I was poking around on Instagram the other day and saw that someone tagged #energybites on one of my recipes. So I popped over to see what everyone was making and — oh man! — it seems like the whole world has jumped on the energy bites craze by now!
I mean, let’s be real. These guys are really just protein bars rolled up into tiny little bite-sized balls. But apparently the world loves those little portion-controlled bites just as much as I do, because there were zillions of recipes for them online!
I noticed that a bunch of people were nixing chocolate chips in favor of unsweetened cocoa powder to give theirs an extra chocolate-y kick. So I gave it a try and became a quick convert. Don’t worry — the honey still sweetens up the chocolate. But you can rest a little easier knowing that they are free of refined sugars. Here’s how to make ’em!
Begin by gathering your ingredients. You’ll need: chia seeds, toasted unsweetened coconut, honey, cocoa powder, oats, ground flax, vanilla extract, and (my favorite) lots of peanut butter.
Simply stir all of the ingredients together in a big bowl until they are evenly combined. (Sometimes I find it helps to use your hands to mix these together.)
Then cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, which will make it easier to handle.
And then roll those babies up into cute little energy bites! I tend to make mine about 1-inch in diameter, which yields about 2 dozen bites. But you can make them larger or smaller, or even press them into a baking pan to create traditional bars if you’d like.
However you shape them, I’m pretty sure that you are going to love them. Just like my traditional energy bites recipe, they taste just like a no-bake cookie. Although you can rest easy knowing that the ingredients in these will give you much more energy throughout the day, rather than resulting in a sugar crash an hour later.
Such a delicious (and not too naughty) snack! I love the flax and chia in these!
I love peanut butter and oatmeal together, so I bet these are fab! I can always get behind a quick no-bake pick-me-up.
Love these little bites!! A perfect healthy snack for the weekend :)
Mama mia – these sound wonderful! Jam-packed with every good and wonderful thing. And they are ridiculously more healthy than their no-bake counterparts I used to love so much. I am SO trying these!!
Thanks for the recipe!
This looks like a great easy snack!
We’re on the same page today with chocolate peanut butter love! I’ve never made energy balls, but you’ve inspired me to give them a try, that bowl of ingredients looks irresistible…
Peanut butter and chocolate together and being healthy is just pure genius! Love that they are bite size, will be a perfect snack in my household!
These sound delicious! And I think I actually have all the ingredients to make these!
Oh I am going to have to try these. These look amazing! www.eatallovertheworld.com
Those look amazing! I had never made energy bites before, but the other day I mixed up a very similar version to this to use up some leftover things, and man were they good! Surprised me cause I didn’t really think they would be! I’ll totally be on board with these little bites of goodness from now on! And I love that you didn’t use any refined sugar in these. I’ll have to try the cocoa powder route next!
Helpful hint: All oats are gluten free. Gluten is found in wheat products. They look great!
Absolutely mouthwatering, Ali. Love them. I make a similar one with medjool dates and everyone loves those too. Thank you for sharing.
These look delicious. Looks like I’ve got to get on the energy bite train!
Quick question – can you taste the coconut in these? I’m really not a fan of coconut so do you recommend a substitute for it?
Good question. I’m not a huge fan of coconut myself, and can hardly taste it in these. So I’d say try it if you’re skeptical. But if you’d rather leave it out, you can just add an extra 1/4 of oats and an extra few tablespoons of flax seed instead.
Ali these sound wonderful! And I had no idea you had so many energy bites on your blog, I better get started if I’m going to get through them all!
Made these little gems this afternoon. We only had 2 Tbspn of cocoa, so we reduced the honey to 1/4 cup & threw on a heaping tablespoon of Nutella. DYNAMITE!
I am sort of new to this blogging thing, and I was totally surprised that December was so quiet and January things picked back up! My healthy recipes are also up there in popularity, which I love :) I also love these energy bites, so simple, and so delicious looking! It’s a really fun way to mix up the old granola bar routine, and you seriously can’t go wrong with chocolate and PB !
Ali, my husband and I just had a snack attack, so we whipped up a batch together and are snacking on them now. Super fast and so good. We realized too late that we only had half a cup of oats, so we substituted almond flour for the rest. Still yummy!
Oh.my.yum. Can’t wait to try these little morsels of chocolate-peanut butter love! :) I’m sugar free, too, for a while, so seeing recipes like this makes my heart happy.
im getting ready to make these and I’m so excited to see how they turn out!! How do you recommend storing these? How long is their shelf life?
I recommend storing them in the refrigerator. They should last for at least 2 weeks (if you don’t eat them before then). :)
these look phenomenal!! chocolate + peanut butter will always be the best combination in my mind!
These look great! I love that they can keep in the fridge. Yum. :)
Can’t wait to make these for Valentine’s Day for my gym rat boyfriend! These will satisfy his sweet tooth & protein obsession. Thank you in advance for this awesome idea! :)
I love energy bites but don’t make them nearly often enough! These look great!
Yum! I know what I’m making for my protein obsessed boyfriend for Valentine’s Day…thanks Ali!
For something made with raw oats, I was simply hoping these would be okay. Instead they are craveworthy! Thanks for the recipe.
I absolutely love these!! They are the perfect snack.. As well as a pick me up before and after gym!!
Made these a couple nights ago! DELICIOUS! Thanks! I froze mine and I pop 3 out in the morning for a late afternoon snack at work!
I came upon your recipe and i thought this will work for the kids lunchboxes.
The only thing is I don’t know what is flax seed and I don’t know if it is available in South Africa
What do you suggest I can replace it with
You can just leave out the flax seed if you’d like. :)
I make a fair number of protein balls at home. I’ve discovered nut flours, which are defatted but still have all the protein in them. I’m trying make some sticky toffee pudding balls. This is a classic English dessert, essentially a date sponge mix with a hot toffee sauce poured over. The date part is easy but I’m struggling for a toffee sauce sweetener substitute. I’ve heard of coconut sugar but never used it. Have you or get any better ideas.
I made these today and they are amazing! Not to mention how easy and fast it is to make them. I added hemp seeds and half of a mashed banana and subbed the peanut butter for almond butter.. It turned out great. Thank you for the recipe! I have already shared it with my coworkers.
I made these last night but had only almond butter and quinoa flakes but man oh man these are awesome!!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!
This recipe looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it. Question for you..do you recommend a particular type of peanut butter? For example, did you use a natural peanut butter when you made these? Thanks!
Thank you for this! They are delicious!! Any idea on a calorie count per ball??
Hey Amber, I’m sorry, but we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. Hope this was helpful!
Thanks so much for the receipe. They are delicous and I am always looking for ways to leave out added and or refined sugars! All ingredients are healthy so they are a great snack! Could you tell me how much calories are in them roughly? ThanKs so much keep posting!
Hey Ben, you’re very welcome, thanks for checking out my blog! Unfortunately we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. If I absolutely had to guess, I’d say maybe around 50 calories, but it’s just hard to say. I hope that helps!
Definitely going to try this! WOW!
Any information on the nutritional info on these? I made them today, they were deliciously filling. They made me 15 balls.
Hey Caitlyn, I’m so glad you enjoyed these! I’m sorry but we currently aren’t publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. But many of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. I hope that helps!
I am missing the nutritional info on these, or do you not post the nutritional value? I’d love to try them.
Hey Lorie, I’m sorry but we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. But many of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. I hope that helps!
These are sooo amazing. :) I am in love after making them one time.
Hi there! I want to try making this recipe without honey (trying to stick to only stevia/erythritol/xylitol based sweeteners). Can you recommend how to make these but substituting something else in place of the honey/agave? Thank you!
Hey Jessica! I haven’t experimented with this, and I’m not terribly familiar with stevia (and the like). However, according this conversion chart, I think it should work out to 1 tsp of stevia/erythritol/xylitol-based sweetener. I hope this helps!
Oh my word, these are so addictive!! I regret only making half the batch.
Thanks, so glad you like them! And I know what you mean, I have to be careful too! haha
I❤️These energy bites! Found the recipe in FB a few months ago & love them! I always have a batch in te fridge. Thank you!!!!!
Thanks Pam, so glad you love them!
These are awesome! Me and my husband love em. Do you know how much protein they contain?
Thanks Marissa, I’m glad you guys love them! Unfortunately I actually don’t know the protein content. But I always find they tide me over before a workout, and satisfy my post-workout hunger/cravings, so I feel like it’s gotta be a good amount! : )
I’m thinking about making some of these for a long hike. Do you think I could use chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa?
Hey Shelby! Although I haven’t tried that myself, it sounds like a great idea, and I can’t think of why it wouldn’t work just as well. If you try it, let me know how they turned out! : )
Hey Ali, I’d like to try these this weekend, but wonder if you think PB2 would work in place of regular peanut butter? Not sure if it might make a difference regarding the consistency or not. Thoughts?
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!! Made them with PB2 powdered peanut butter and they were perfect! Also left out the coconut flakes and chia. Will make them the same way next time! Thanks!!!
That’s awesome, Ashley, I’m so glad they worked out well with the PB2! : )
Made these for the first time today and they are delicious. My little boys thought they were such a special treat and were begging for more!
We’re so glad you liked them!
Hello they look really tasty. I was wondering do you know if they are lactose free? Thanks
Yes, I believe they are lactose-free.
Do these freeze well?
Yes, they sure do! : )
Cant wait to make these recipes
Thanks, I hope you love them!