These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites are perfect for snacks, dessert, lunch boxes, or post-workout recovery time.
I’m so into these easy no-bake oatmeal bites. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, are simple to put together, and might be just the thing you need in the afternoon when your sweet tooth is making a fuss but you are trying hard to eat well. This year I didn’t do any kind of organized diet, but this month, some of my parents, some of my siblings, and I are starting a little health and weight loss challenge with each other. We all set our own goals and we are going to work on them over the next three months, with cash prizes and incentives at the end. It’s friendly and fun, but it’s also good motivation to keep with my goals for the year – eat whole foods, move more, spend my time and resources intentionally. It’s very attainable for me at this point in my life.
The hardest part about trying to eat only whole foods for me is snacks and desserts/treats. That’s where these little balls of deliciousness come in! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites taste a whole lot like no-bake cookies, and my kids (and I) aren’t at all sad about it. These are great to make on your meal prep day (along with some snacks in a jar and a veggie box) and keep in the fridge. Then you can pull them out when you need a little something sweet or when the kids get home from school. Who doesn’t like no-bake cookies for a snack?
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites are made with:
One of my favorite whole grains. They are cheap, easy to find (and easy to get gluten-free if needed), and just plain fun. I use old fashioned oats and they make a chewier, more “toothsome” energy bite. You could use quick cooking oats (still a whole grain, they are just cut smaller) or half and half to change the texture. My husband likes the quick cooking oats better and I like the old fashioned in this recipe. The flavor will stay the same with either, but the texture will change. The quick cooking oats will make the balls softer. You can also use a combination of the two if you’d like. It all works, it just changes the texture a bit.
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
I get Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened coconut flakes online, but I did see them at a bigger grocery store last month. I love these coconut flakes. They are nice chubby flakes which toast up really nicely and are great added to all kinds of things, like yogurt and desserts.
My favorite food! I used the organic natural peanut butter from Costco; we love it! You can use any natural peanut butter for this recipe. If you use a more traditional peanut butter, you might need to increase the amount by a few tablespoons or add a bit more honey so that they stick together. Natural peanut butter has a bit more moisture in it than traditional peanut butter, which helps this recipe form into balls. I’m confident you could use another nut or seed butter in this if you need to, though it will affect the taste.
You can buy ground flaxseed in a bag (also called flax meal), or you can buy whole flax seeds and grind them yourself at home (most people use a little coffee grinder for this, I have this one just for this purpose). Flaxseed that you grind at home is going to be more nutritious, which is true for most things like this, but both options work great. Flax is fun because it is a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. I’m trying to use it more and this is an easy way to do that.
Long live nature’s natural sweetener. I bought a hive 2 years ago and have yet to put bees in it. I can’t wait! Buy local honey when you can, and when you can’t, Costco has it for a great price.
Mini Chocolate Chips
I like the mini chocolate chips in this recipe because they go with the texture and size of the rest of the ingredients better. You can use normal chocolate chips, but I feel like the mini ones distribute the chocolate more evenly through each bite. No matter what you choose, chocolate is always a good idea.
Chia Seeds (optional)
These are a fun add-in if you have them. It’s another superfood that adds some great healthy fats and fiber. I like to throw them in if I have them.
Splash of Vanilla
Because a little vanilla makes everything taste like dessert. Yes, please!
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites Author: Melissa Griffiths Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Serves: Makes 20-25 balls
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 20 balls
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I like old fashioned)
- ⅔ cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add everything to a medium bowl and mix to combine well. Stick the bowl in the fridge and let it chill for about half an hour. This resting time helps to ensure that the balls will stick together when rolled.
- After the chilling time, take a tablespoon of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining oat mixture. If your balls aren’t sticking together after the resting period, you can add a little more honey or peanut butter, stir well, and try rolling again. Sometimes it just needs a little more of the wet ingredients to hold together well. And the moisture in the peanut butter will depend on the brand/type that you use.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer much longer.
You can plan on making these for snacks, dessert, lunch boxes, post-workout recovery time, or middle of the night treats for you nursing moms. I also like to have these on hand for after naps when my kids are super grumpy and need a little something in their system to help them feel happy again. No one can say no to chocolate and peanut butter. No one. ENJOY!