Okay, so I have a little secret to tell. If I don’t pack snacks with me for the day, I get what I like to call “hangrxiety”. Hungry, angry, and anxious. Never a good combo. That’s why these energy bites are my go-to snack to pack. Filled with amazing protein and fiber–they are the perfect morsel to pop in to keep you fuller longer.
I also love making these energy bites for different holidays. With it being 4th of July season, make your energy bites festive with some red, white and blue. How? First, follow the recipe template below and make your version of the energy bites like normal. Then, add 1/4 cup of oats into a bowl and add 15 drops of blue food coloring and 15 drops of red food coloring into the oats. Give the oats a stir and roll your energy bites into the colorful mixture. That’s it– festive, party-ready bites done. Try this trick for other holidays like Valentine’s Day by using pink food coloring or Christmas by using red and green food coloring.
The great part is these bites only take a few minutes to make and they are super flexible. Instead of running to the store, run to your pantry and see what ingredients you have on hand to throw in for the “add-ins”. Everything from cereal to nuts to a broken chocolate bar is welcome in these guys.
If you come up with a cool combo for this recipe, I would love to see! Here are some of my go-to combos:
Festive Holiday Bites: energy bites rolled in food-colored oats mixture (see above)
Chunky Monkey: mashed banana, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips
Berry Bites: dried blueberries, dried cranberries, goji berries
Nuts about Nuts: sliced almonds, chopped pecans, chopped cashews
Omega-3 for Me: chia seeds, flax meal, chopped walnuts
Energy Bites Recipe Template
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup add-ins (dried fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flaxseed, chopped nuts, protein powder, etc… see above for more ideas)
- 1/2 cup nut or seed butter of your choice (peanut butter, sun butter, almond butter, etc)
- 1 tablespoon liquid of your choice (almond milk, dairy milk, water)
- 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- Add oats and add-ins to a large bowl.
- Add in nut or seed butter and liquid. Stir to combine. Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
- Add in honey or maple syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until mixture starts to come together in a sticky ball. If mixture is still too dry, add in more liquid.
- Roll mixture into balls using hands. Place in a container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Store in the fridge until ready to eat.