I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks that are quick and easy to whip up. These chocolate-peanut butter energy bites are delicious to have on hand for when you’re craving a cookie but don’t want the flour, butter and sugar. It’s a hit of sweetness without the guilt. And how could you go wrong with the combination of peanut butter and chocolate? You can’t. Unless you’re allergic. Or you’re packing them in a school lunchbox. So I suppose you can go wrong. But not in flavour! If there are any allergies to be concerned about you could substitute the peanut butter with almond butter or sunflower seed butter, I’m sure they would be just as delicious. :)
I like these little rounds because they are reminiscent of truffles and are fun for the kids to eat. But, if you want to make them more of a granola bar shape you could press them into a pan, put them in the fridge until firm and then slice.
Because these use natural peanut butter I find that they do seem a bit dry when cold (although that might be just the brand I’m using? It’s always dry when it’s cold but loosens up at room temperature.), so I like to try to think ahead and take them out a bit before snack time. Although that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them last-minute straight from the fridge. :) They are packed with energy boosting foods and are a great pick-me-up in the middle of the day when you’re running out of steam. Plus, you get the awesome benefits of Omega 3′s and fibre from flaxseeds, in the process. Definitely a sweet treat I can get on board with!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Use almond butter instead of peanut butter for school snacks, or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version. To make these gluten-free make sure to use gluten-free certified oats.
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup raisins
Stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients and mix together until evenly combined (I like to use my hands but it does get kind of messy). Squeeze and form into 1-2 inch balls. Store, covered, in the fridge for up to 1 week. Freeze for longer storage.
Makes approximately: 2 dozen (depending on size)
Adapted from The Cheapskate Cook.