Tuesday, May 14, 2013

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites 5-14-13

These are perfect little bites of energy and deliciousness that are great when you don’t want to turn on the oven (or like me, have a broken oven)!  Never fear, a new one is on the way.  I love that these are healthy with mostly all natural ingredients (except the chocolate, though it is dark chocolate so is definitely on the healthier side anyway).

Super easy to make!  I formed them into to little one and a half inch disks, but they would be easy to just for into to balls.  I found these on Maggie’s blog, Smashed Peas and Carrots.  I made a few little changes to how I made them, besides forming them in to disks instead of balls.  The recipe used ground flaxseed and I only had half of what was needed for that, so I also used some wheat germ.  Her recipe also doesn’t say more than “coconut flakes”, I used the unsweetened ones and instead of mini chocolate chips, I used some chopped dark chocolate.  You could actually make these with all kinds of flavors, using different nut butters and putting dried fruit in them. 

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites, by Katrina and Baking and Boys! adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup (3 oz.) chopped dark chocolate

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or so, which helps make the mixture easier to form into bite sized pieces.  Scoop out tablespoonsful with a small cookie scoop and put them into a 1  1/2 inch round cookie cutter (these would even be fun to use different cookie cutter shapes!), Pack the mixture down into the cutter.  You can also form them into balls, packing the mixture before you roll it.  Place them on a wax paper lined baking sheet.  Refrigerate again.  (Although you may find them getting eaten before the make it back to the refrigerator.)  Store in an airtight container.  Makes 24-28 cookies, depending on size.

No Bake Energy Bites

These really are fun, easy, delicious bites of energy!  Try not to eat too much before you even get them shaped.  I dare ya!

No Bake Energy BitesI have some almond butter.  I think I’ll try that next with some chopped almonds and maybe some dried cranberries. 


Deb said...

These look great and there's no sugar in them. My sister and I have a no sugar bet going so I haven't had cookies, cake any sort of dessert even chocolate since January. I will have to omit the chocolate but I'm sure they are still good without it. We will be in Utah in July so we'll have to get together again.

Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! said...

Love that these are no bake...will be a great option for the hot days of summer that will soon be upon us when I don't want to even look at the oven! The boys will love these.

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Patsyk said...

These are the kind of no-bake treat that I wouldn't mind my kids digging into!

Cindy said...

These look like the perfect to the 10 AM munchies! I'll try them soon. Thanks Katrina.

Nancy @ gottagetbaked said...

I really need to start making more no-bake items - I can't get over how easy it is to whip up a delicious treat like this. I have all of the ingredients in my pantry so I can't wait to make these! No butter means this is a healthy recipe ;)

Amy said...

Oh...these No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites are perfect for this hot weather. I don't want to turn on my oven...not even coming close to the stove either. :P Can't wait to give these a try.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yum! I love no-bake treats :) these look delicious! and I could always use a boost of energy!

megan said...

Oooh look at those - so healthy and easy to pack for my crazy 20-30 mile bike rides :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Bookmarked! These are a great lunchbox or poolside snack.