Protein No bake chocolate energy bites are perfect for that afternoon crash when you’re wanting a a treat but need a healthy snack!
I am the biggest snacker ever. I’ve said it a gazillion times on the blog and Cade can totally vouch for me, (in fact he’s totally the same way). It’s why we’ve posted so many snack recipes like cereal bars, frozen yogurt banana dippers, white chocolate craisin granola bars etc . It’s actually not a bad habit like some may assume. It’s good to keep your metabolism going and your hunger at bay by frequently eating.
So many skip a meal or snacks trying to lose weight and all they are doing is telling their bodies to hold onto every calorie possible because your body knows you’re going to make it wait to eat. The only hard part is deciding what to eat. These protein no bake chocolate energy bites are one of our solutions.
Protein No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites
A long time ago my cute friend, Ali posted these awesome energy bites that went completely wild on pinterest. Everyone loves them! They are a great little snack and you don’t have to feel guilty as if you’d baked up some mozzarella sticks or something. Wait, did she just throw mozzarella sticks out there as a snack? Pretty much. But don’t worry, I’ve given up that Jr. High habit. Although now that we are talking about them, gosh dang that sounds good!
Ok, focus, girl, focus.
What are Energy Bites or Balls?
These are little balls with extra protein, and a little dose of calories that your body needs to keep you going during the day. Most are made with a nut butter like almond or peanut butter, oats and whatever flavors you desire. Ours are made with protein in addition to the other things.
Are Energy Bites Healthy?
Energy bites aren’t necessarily a “healthy snack” as nut butter does have sugar, sodium, fat etc and those chocolate chips do too, but they are are healthier for snacking as they have protein which is great to keep your metabolism going and muscles in shape. It’s this or animal crackers, goldfish or handfulls of cereal and you know I’m right, so reach for no bake energy bites instead.
We added a little protein powder and a tiny amount of puffed rice (not rice krispies) just for additional texture but it’s totally optional. We also love to add chia seeds and or flax seeds. Even Cade loves them and he’s pretty strict about his snacking. They are totally awesome and we can’t wait to hear what you think!
How to Store Energy Bites
You can store energy bites in the fridge or in the cupboard as long as they are in an airtight container, however we’ve found that they hold up better when you refrigerate them.
How Long do Energy Bites Last?
Refrigerated energy bites will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge. They do begin to dry out, so just keep an eye on them. I’ll be honest though, ours have never last that long as our whole family gobbles them up!
Can Energy Bites be Frozen?
Energy bites freeze really well for up to 1 month. Place them in airtight freezer bags and lay them flat to freeze just like you would with cookie dough. Once they are frozen you can store them anywhere in the freezer. You can then eat them frozen or let them thaw in the fridge.
Protein No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup puffed brown rice
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon.
- Form into balls (see note) and store in an air tight container in the fridge between snacking.
If you'd like you can stick them in the fridge to tighten up for easier rolling. Only about 15 minutes is necessary.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 193 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 1.4mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 24.7g Fiber: 2.4g Sugar: 13.6g Protein: 6.7g
A protein shake that tastes like an Almond Joy Candy Bar!!!