No Bake Energy Bites

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gluten free, quick-n-easy
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Yield: approximately 2 dozen

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It doesn't take much energy at all to mix together the ingredients for these bite-sized treats. A nut butter for binding, a little honey for sweetness, dried milk for protein and your favorite blend of mix-ins. Breakfast on the go will be a snap with these in the house.

No Bake Energy Bites

star rating (23) rate this recipe »
gluten free, quick-n-easy
Hands-on time:
Total time:
Yield: approximately 2 dozen
Published: 03/16/2014

Ingredients

Basic dough

Mix-ins (use 2 cups total)

Tips from our bakers

  • Want a boost of chocolate? Try adding 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to your base mix along with the nut butter.

Directions

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1) In a large bowl mix together the nut butter, oats, honey, dry milk and vanilla.

2) Using 2 cups total as your guideline, add in your mix-ins. If you are using chia seeds or poppy seeds, use only about 1 tablespoon as part of your mix-ins. Chia seeds especially can cause gastric distress if consumed in too large a quantity.

3) Use your hands to blend and mix together all the ingredients. If the mixture is a bit dry, you can add more honey; add more oats if the mixture is a bit too sticky. This "recipe" is very flexible; consider it simply a starting point.

4) Using your hands, two spoons or a tablespoon cookie scoop, portion the dough out to the size of ping-pong balls. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan to rest and firm up for about 20 minutes.

5) Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. These are great for breakfast with a glass of milk or juice.

Yield: Approximately 2 dozen bites.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 (33g) Servings Per Batch: 24 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140 Calories from Fat: 60 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2.5g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 45mg Total Carbohydrate: 19g Dietary Fiber: 2g Sugars: 13g Protein: 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.

Reviews

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  • star rating 04/22/2015
  • Jenny from Brattleboro, VT
  • I seriously don't know how I lived before I had these. Oh, I know, I was eating lots of processed (expensive) crud for a snack in mid-afternoon when I am famished and fainting. These are wonderful for a little pick-me-up along with a cup of coffee or tea! We have been making these weekly in our house and much wailing is heard if we run out. The nut-butter-to-honey ratio is just about right, and I am flexible with the add-ins. Thanks, KAF, for another winner.
  • 03/23/2015
  • Elizabeth from Livemore, CA
  • Is there anything could you substitute in place of whole dry milk? I can't find that ingredient around here! Thx!

    A nonfat dried milk from a grocery store would work, or you could try a coconut milk powder. Happy baking! Laurie@KAF

  • star rating 03/22/2015
  • Maybelle from Tullahoma, TN
  • These energy bites are great. Very easy to make. Taste is great. Using a small cookie scoop makes perfect little "bites". Great for a snack or just a little dessert.
  • star rating 03/12/2015
  • Adrienne from Hawaii
  • It was amazing I added a Tb coconut oil because my 2 year old loves coconut Made 2 batches back to back
  • star rating 03/12/2015
  • Meg from Coventry, VT
  • We ALL love these!!! Much healthier (and tastier) alternative to packaged granola bars!!! These will now be a staple in our kitchen. Thanks!!!!
  • star rating 03/08/2015
  • tw7424 from Chicago
  • I have been using a variation of this recipe for almost 40 years. Instead of rolled oats, I use crushed Wheaties cereal, then roll each ball in more finely crushed Wheaties. The Wheaties add a little crunch and do not get soggy. I do not add vanilla. This is a favorite recipe of my son's ever since he was a toddler, and he has children of his own now. I still make "Peanut Butter Balls" for him when he comes to our house. It is a wonderful treat that is guiltless...except when we eat a half dozen at a time!
  • star rating 03/08/2015
  • K8NH from KAF Community
  • These little nuggets have a super fast prep time and the recipe can be easily modified to your taste, or to the taste of picky eaters. I substitute protein powder (whey-based) for the milk which can also add some extra flavor if you want it to swing a little bit more chocolate or vanilla. I also use maple syrup instead of honey since we always have that on hand. I find it mixes best if I use nut butters that are a little softer so I recomment taking any natural ones out of the fridge for a while beforehand to allow them to soften up a bit. Very tasty and nice and packable for hiking, camping and skiing!
  • 03/08/2015
  • Melissa from Boulder
  • Anybody ever use agave in place of honey?

    Melissa, if wanted to substitute agave for honey in this recipe you certainly could. Agave has a more subtle flavor than honey, but it has a higher fructose content so it is slightly sweeter. Feel free to sweeten this recipe to your own personal tastes, but usually agave replaces honey measure for measure in recipes. (Use 1/3 cup of agave in this recipe.) We hope these energy bites give you a healthy and sweet pick up to keep you going throughout the day! Happy baking! --Kye@KAF

  • star rating 03/08/2015
  • K8NH from KAF Community
  • These little nuggets have a super fast prep time and the recipe can be easily modified to your taste, or to the taste of picky eaters. I substitute protein powder (whey-based) for the milk which can also add some extra flavor if you want it to swing a little bit more chocolate or vanilla. I also use maple syrup instead of honey since we always have that on hand. I find it mixes best if I use nut butters that are a little softer so I recomment taking any natural ones out of the fridge for a while beforehand to allow them to soften up a bit. Very tasty and nice and packable for hiking, camping and skiing!
  • star rating 03/08/2015
  • Dot from New York
  • I love these.Sometimes I use Nutella in place of the nut butter for a real chocolate taste.l also use dried fruit, especially pineapple as it goes so well with the coconut.
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