These energy bites are by far one of the best energy bite recipes you'll find. You can make chocolate chip energy bites or cherry energy bites. Either way, they're delicious!
I fell in love with energy bites (aka protein bites) when I made my first batch of peanut butter oatmeal protein bites over two years ago. Then I made protein energy bites and cherry chocolate chip protein bites and it was like a whole new world.
Cue the popular Aladdin song...
I thought I'd tasted the best energy bites around until I went to a class out our local Whole Foods taught by my friend Becky. She shared her favorite energy bites recipe and I was hooked!
I tweaked her recipe slightly by substituting chocolate chips for cherries and pecans for walnuts; they were just as delicious! You will want a good food processor or a blender that has awesome pulsing skills. And my favorite way to scoop them is using a medium (or small) cookie dough scoop.
These energy bites received Nathan's and Madison's stamps of approval (Lauren isn't a fan of "healthy tasting" things) and were gone in record time.
While snacks like fun size Twix and mini Kit-Kat candy bars are my preferred snack of choice, I'm not opposed to munching on something that packs a healthier punch, especially if there's chocolate tucked in there somewhere.
Printable recipe for energy bites two ways below. Enjoy!
- ¾ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 T flax seeds
- 1 T hemp seeds
- ½ cup almonds
- ¼ cup cashews (whole, unsalted)
- ½ cup pecans
- 6 large medijool dates, seeds removed, coarsely chopped
- 2 T raw honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped OR ¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- Pulse oats, seeds and nuts in food processor until cornmeal consistency. Add chopped dates, honey, vanilla and salt, pulsing after each addition.
- Continue to pulse mixture until ingredients form a ball or stick together when pinched. Add more oats if mixtures is too wet; more dates or honey if too dry.
- Fold in cherries or chocolate chips. Take a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat for remaining mix. Refrigerate in an airtight container.
You might also want to try these energy bites 'cause they're pretty dang delicious too.