Sweet and Salty Energy Bites

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Energy Bites -- packed with protein, and absolutely delicious! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert. | gimmesomeoven.comThis post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Buzz, buzz, buzz.

I feel like all I’m doing this week is buzzing from one meeting, one appointment, one errand, one grocery store run (ok, make that like four grocery store runs), one lunch date, one happy hour, one sushi night to the next.  My calendar alerts are definitely working overtime.  That said, I’ll take any excuse to be out soaking up this radiant spring sunshine that’s been warming up Kansas City lately, even if that means an overbooked week of errands.  So no complaints here.  😎

I’ve got my windows down.  I’ve got my new shades on.  I’ve got my podcasts a-playin’.

And I’ve got these tasty new energy bites packed along for the rides.

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Energy Bites -- packed with protein, and absolutely delicious! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert. | gimmesomeoven.com

Yep, that’s right, it’s about dang time for a new energy bites recipe here on the blog.

I’ve been experimenting with variations on this classic for years.  But ever since I went sugar-free for a few months last year, that recipe actually tastes a little too sweet to me.  So I’ve been experimenting with a few variations that are slightly more savory/salty, and I think I finally found a winner with this one.

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Energy Bites -- packed with protein, and absolutely delicious! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert. | gimmesomeoven.com

It still has many of the foundational elements of oatmeal-based energy bites that I love — oats, flax seed, toasted coconut and vanilla.  But this time I lowered the amount of honey, swapped PB for almond butter, and added in a ton of my long-time greatest nutty obsession — roasted almonds.  Specifically, Blue Diamond Roasted Salted Almonds.

I love every single almond in the Blue Diamond line, but their roasted salted almonds have been my go-to snack since way back before the brilliance of Wasabi & Soy Sauce and Honey Roasted Chipotle ever came on the scene.  And since way before this guy fell head over heels for me — ahem — the Salt ‘n Vinegar almonds in my pantry.

That is to say, Roasted Salted and I go way, way back.

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Energy Bites -- packed with protein, and absolutely delicious! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert. | gimmesomeoven.com

Now, though, I’m pretty sure they have secured an extra-solid spot in my future with their inclusion in this recipe.  Their smoky, salty flavor rounds out the sweetness of the almond butter and honey and coconut in these bites absolutely perfectly.

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Energy Bites -- packed with protein, and absolutely delicious! Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert. | gimmesomeoven.com

And in the midst of a crazy day buzzing around town, they also provide the perfect pop of protein to keep me energized and going.  I feel like this is definitely the energy bites recipe for me in this sweet (although technically less-sugary) season of life.  So if you’re looking for a new sweet and salty snack, breakfast, or even a healthier dessert, you’ve gotta try ’em.

Enjoy!

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Sweet and Salty Energy Bites

This Sweet and Salty Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, packed with tons of protein, and irresistibly delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup roughly-chopped Blue Diamond Roasted Salted Almonds
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  3. Makes about 20-25 balls.

*Prep time listed does not include chill time in the refrigerator.

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61 comments on “Sweet and Salty Energy Bites”

  1. Yum! I love that these can keep for one week – so perfect to make on a Sunday for the week ahead. Pinning this for next week! :)

  2. Wow, these look like they will be a great to have around for an afternoon pick me up!

  3. These energy bites are so similar to my grandma’s traditional delights that she used to prepare whenever we visited her house during vacations. These are really energy store houses. Best thing for kids to munch on.

    • Very cool! We’ve never heard of traditional delights, but they sound delightful! :D

  4. YUM! These energy bites are calling my name! I LOVE the combination of almond butter and toasted coconut. Perfection in a ball! :)

  5. I love that these energy bites lean on the savory side! I’ve been making peanut butter chocolate chip bites lately, but it would be nice to mix things up and have a salty version on hand:) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    XO – Sarah

  6. This looks like it would make a great travel snack! Thanks for posting.
    Sam 

  7. Yup. These look great, especially as a post workout snack. Blue diamond almonds, Yup, eat those by the bagful until wife yanks the bag away. 

  8. Sounds like the perfect make ahead snack. Can’t wait to try these out!

  9. I saw these on snap and couldn’t wait for the recipe! You sound like me when I talk about my busy days, but really, when I’m not busy, I almost go crazy! I need to be doing something, always!!

  10. Boy do I need an energy bite right now! These look amazingly tasty and everything in them is healthy. Also, my son is training for the Boston Marathon and I’ve been trying to find something he can snack on that packs a healthy punch of energy and nutrition. These totally fit the bill. Thanks Hayley! 

    • Thanks Lisa! This is actually Ali’s recipe and her blog (I just help out with comments) :) That’s awesome that your son is training for the Boston Marathon! We hope he enjoys these! :)

  11. Energy is what I need now ! These look so healthy and yum. I have everything but the ground flax seed, So that means I got to get them soon to make these :) 

  12. Yum, these look super delicious and easy to make gluten free.  I always need a good protein snack at the ready so I don’t eat handfuls of chocolate chips.

  13. How do you think these would freeze? I’m not sure I could eat all of these in a week, but would love to make it in a big batch.

  14. Hmmm Yummy
    i hope my wife can make this energy bites for me and sons

  15. I haven’t made these but THANK GOODNESS FOR NO DATES. All the energy bites I find have dates – I hate them and can always taste them. Will definitely be trying these sometime.

  16. These sound amazing! However, I’m not a fan of coconut. Any suggestions on a substitute? Thanks! 

    • Thanks Kristine! No worries on the coconut — you can add extra oats and a mixture of dried fruit and/or nuts to compensate (cut up dried apricots would be really yummy in these)! :) We hope you enjoy!

  17. love these, took them to work and they were gone and recipe cards are being filled out for everyone good job love them

  18. Thanks Hayley! Can’t wait to try them with apricots or maybe craisins! 

    • You’re welcome Kristine! This is actually Ali’s blog and her recipes (I just help out with comments). :)

  19. These energy  bites are yummy.  How many calories and how much sugar per serving?

    • Thanks Jane — we’re glad you like them! Unfortunately though, we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as 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. We hope that helps!

  20. how many calories are in each ball?

    • Hi Aizel! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as 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. We hope that helps!

  21. I’m going to make these!

  22. These energy bites look delicious!!!!  But can I substitute table salt for sea salt?

    • Thank you Jessica — we hope you enjoy them! And yes, you can use table salt instead of sea salt (it’ll be the same amount).

  23. I made these based on what I had on hand and they are delicious!

    I used:
    *Quick cook oats
    *peanut butter
    *Roasted my own almonds using coconut oil
    *Ground up my own chia seeds in place of flax

    I doubled the recipe, used my cookie scoop, and it made 31 balls.

    • We’re so glad you enjoyed them Samantha — and we’re impressed that you roasted your own almonds! :)

  24. Wondering if you could somehow incorporate protein powder into these?

    • Hi Michele! We think you could probably do that, we would just cut back on the oats (however much protein powder you use, just exclude the same amount for the oats). We hope that helps!

  25. Sound fabulous! Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut to make the toasted coconut? Thank you!

  26. These sound great, but alas I am allergic to almonds :( Do you think it would work with peanuts and peanut butter vs almonds?

    • Hi Karen! Yes, you could definitely use peanuts and peanut butter instead of almonds. We hope you enjoy these! :)

  27. I just finished mixing the no bake energy balls, they’re in the fridge chilling, and I came across this recipe. I’ve been making the sweet ones for about 2 years now and the whole family loves them, which is a miracle! These sound like they’d be a nice switch up though. I’m going to try it out next week. Thank you!

  28. I hope my wife is willing to cook about it for me. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  29. These look delicious and super healthy. I found so many great recipes on here. Great pics by the way.

  30. Hmmm Yummy
    i want to make this energy bites for me and my sons, since my wife is not at home :D

  31. Thank’s for sharing this recipe, i can feel the taste from the picture :9
    Nyamm…

  32. I like hot snack, so I give this snack chilly sauce, and the taste really great.

    Read a book and eat this snack is perfect combination to fill my spare time.

  33. Can these be frozen?

  34. Should I use unsweetened flaked coconut or sweetened?