Need a late afternoon pick-me up? Looking to liven up your kid’s school lunch box? Have an after dinner sweet tooth? In a hurry and need a quick breakfast on the go? Many people in these situations may be tempted to grab one of the many granola/protein/fruit and nut bars that are on the market. A lot of those products are loaded with added sugar and are more like candy bars with a little bit of fiber and protein.
Instead of grabbing one of those processed bars, why not give these no-bake energy bites a try? They are homemade, portable snacks that you can feel good about eating or serving your kids. You can make a batch on the weekend and have them available all week long. They are filled with whole food ingredients and are easy to adapt to your personal taste preferences.
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.
- If the mixture is too dry add more honey, it it’s too wet add more oats.
- Using your hands, roll about 1 Tbsp of dough into a ball and repeat until dough is used up (will make about 24 bites).
- Place bites on a parchment-lined baking sheet and rest in refrigerator until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.