25 September 2012

ANC's no-bake energy bites

25 September 2012

this weekend, i put my own spin on the ever-popular no-bake energy bites. my recipe is adapted from this one, which i found through my friend diane of a spot of whimsy.

i love this recipe because it is easy and customizable - you can accommodate most tastes and/or allergies by substituting ingredients and the possibilities are pretty much endless!


to make these energy bites nutritious, i added in 1 tbsp. chia seeds, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. because they are small seeds and a bit crunchy, i only added a tablespoon, but feel free to add more. you can find chia seeds at trader joes, whole foods, or online.


i also used agave nectar instead of honey; i prefer using agave as a sweetener because it is low-glycemic, easy to pour and measure, and goes well in everything. i use it in oatmeal, margaritas, and for cooking. TIP: agave is approximately 1.5 times sweeter than honey, so you don't need to use as much, and because it has a thinner consistency, you'll need to chill the balls a bit longer to firm up.

i included the measurements for both agave and honey in the recipe card below (click the link at the bottom to download a printable version). also, if you're vegan, you'll be happy to know that agave is vegan, while honey, by strict definitions, is not.


TIP: i dialed back on the amount of peanut butter in my recipe, so if the bites aren't sticking together well, try adding more!

i'm excited to try these bites with chopped dates and toasted coconut next! i would love to know if you try this recipe and if you add or substitute in any ingredients!


no-bake energy bites

INGREDIENTS
·       1 cup oats
·       ¼ cup peanut butter
·       ¼ cup agave nectar
·       ½ cup small dark chocolate chips
·       1 tbsp. chia seeds
·       1 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS
1. stir all ingredients in medium bowl, until oats are thoroughly coated.

2. chill in refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

3. once chilled, roll into 1 inch balls.

4. store in refrigerator air-tight container for up to 1 week. makes approximately 20 balls.

TIPS
try substituting:
peanut butter for other nut butter (e.g. almond butter)
agave for ½ cup honey
chia seeds for ½ cup ground flaxseed or wheatgerm
chocolate chips for dried fruit or nuts

try adding:
1 cup coconut flakes
¼ cup cocoa powder

click here to download recipe card!

14 comments:

diane @ a spot of whimsy said...

lovely! i add chia seeds as well, and go about 50/50 on honey & agave for the same reasons you swapped the honey out - great minds :)

Viviana said...

I'm so making these!

alongobucco said...

I've never had chia seeds, but I'm always looking for yummy new ways to stay full throughout the day. These look so good–and easy! Let's be honest, I'll eat pretty much ANYTHING with peanut butter in it, so these are a must try!

-Alyssa
The Glossy Life

alongobucco said...

I've never had chia seeds, but I'm always looking for yummy new ways to stay full throughout the day. These look so good–and easy! Let's be honest, I'll eat pretty much ANYTHING with peanut butter in it, so these are a must try!

-Alyssa
The Glossy Life

Julie and Lauren said...

These look super easy and delicious!! Perfect snack to bring to work, too.
X

Alexa said...

Yum! Easy and tasty! :)

Annie said...

Making these. End of story.

Laura said...

These sound yummy! :)

Alex said...

Those look and sound perfect. Putting it on my list of things to make!

Cara said...

yum yum!

Alison Dulaney said...

Yum! These look delicious and healthy!

Xo
Alison

Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

YUM! I've been dying to make these -- seeing them a lot! These look delicious.

Susan said...

These look delicious! I definitely want to try!

Gabrielle @ LookSharpSconnie said...

Ah! I work for a radio program and we just featured these on the show this week! They sound delicious, and I definitely want to try adding some weird flavored chocolate chips in. I could use a good pop of yum fest energy.

-Gabrielle

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