No-bake Energy Bites
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  • Food: Oatmeal Energy Bites
  • Writer: Lizzie Green
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I almost always make these energy balls without baking. They are the ideal nutritious snack because they are nutty, sweet, and filled with beneficial components.

A disastrous cookie attempt gave rise to this recipe for no-bake energy balls. I wanted a cookie, but I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed to make my favorite oatmeal cookies.

I fiddled with it, substituting what I did have, and came up with an oat-and-almond-butter “dough” that was sweet and nutty.

Even though it would never bake up into the ideal oatmeal cookies, the flavor was so fantastic that I instantly thought, “Energy bites!”After a few tries, these oat energy balls have taken over as my favorite healthy treat. These energy balls are chewy, and flavorful, and require only a few simple ingredients!

They are also far healthier because they are prepared with nourishing ingredients like oats, dates, and nut butter, even though they taste like cookies. They are therefore acceptable as a snack, dessert, and even for breakfast!

Oatmeal Energy Bites Ingredients

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Food; No-bake Energy Bites (Source: Chef Savvy)

There are several healthy ingredients in these no-bake energy bites:

  • I don’t suggest substituting instant oats for whole rolled oats because they give these no-bake energy balls the ideal chewy texture. Use only oats that have been verified to be gluten-free if you must avoid gluten.
  • Flaxseed: It gives these balls their omega-3 filling and aids in their bonding.
  • Almond butter that has been roasted provides the balls with protein, fiber, and a delicious toasted, nutty flavor.
  • A wonderful alternative would be roasted peanut butter.
  • These nutritious energy balls are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and Medjool dates. Before making the balls, soak the dates in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes if they aren’t soft.
  • Coconut oil: To enhance the coconut flavor of the balls, I like to use virgin coconut oil.
  • Cinnamon and vanilla extract both give a delectable, cozy flavor.
  • Sea salt – It brings out the sweetness, spice, and nuttiness of this recipe for energy balls!
  • Walnuts – They provide wholesome fats and a satisfying crunch!
  • Shredded coconut – It contributes to the chewy texture and gives these energy bites a rich, buttery flavor.
  • Because, you know, chocolate is healthy, little chocolate chips Because the energy balls won’t stick together with larger chocolate chips, you need to use micro ones in this recipe. If you don’t have small chocolate chips on hand, you can substitute a chopped dark chocolate bar.

Various Oatmeal Energy Bites

Although the recipe includes walnuts and little chocolate chips, feel free to get inventive with your additions! The walnuts might be substituted with chopped almonds or pecans, and the chocolate chips could be replaced with chopped dried fruit.

Just be sure to stick to the proportions in the original recipe and finely cut any additions so that the balls retain their cohesiveness.

Recipe hints for No Bake Energy Bites

  • Oats are toasted. The first step is done on the stove, but these energy balls come together quickly in the food processor! Over low heat, toast the oats until the edges are just starting to brown. It only takes a minute or two to add this extra step, which gives the balls a deeper flavor and makes them simpler to digest.
  • Don’t hurry the cooling process. Although it’s tempting to devour the balls as soon as you’ve finished rolling them, I strongly advise delaying consumption for at least 30 minutes to let them set up in the fridge. It gives the flavors time to mix and mature, and the texture will be harder and chewier.
  • Place them in the freezer or refrigerator. The no-bake energy bites can be frozen for up to two months or kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If they were frozen, give them 20 minutes to thaw before eating.

No Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites

10 minutes to prepare
Duration: 10 minutes

The BEST healthy snack is these no-bake energy snacks! They are vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and utterly delicious.

Oatmeal Energy Bites Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water
  • ¼ cup roasted almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 soft Medjool dates, pitted (or 2 additional tablespoons of maple syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips

Oatmeal Energy Bites Instructions

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Food; No-bake Energy Bites (Source: Chef Savvy)
  1. Oats should be lightly toasted for one to two minutes in a medium pan over low heat. Turn off the heat and leave the pot alone.
  2. Warm water and flaxseed should be combined in a small bowl, and the mixture should be left for five minutes to thicken. Almond butter, dates, coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla are all combined in a food processor. Blend in the flaxseed mixture after adding it.
  3. Pulse the walnuts in after being added. To mix, add the oats and coconut and pulse. Then, just pulse to integrate the chocolate chips equally after adding them.
  4. Form the mixture into 12 balls, then chill for at least 30 minutes to firm them up. Before rolling out the dough, chill it for a few minutes if it is too sticky to handle.
  5. Keep in the fridge in an airtight container.