I’ve been dying to share this recipe for no-bake peanut butter energy bites with you because they’re healthy, easy, and delicious! They’re so simple that I have all of the ingredients in my dorm room already, and that’s saying something. In case you need some more convincing…
-They taste like PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIE DOUGH. But they also happen to be healthy.
-You don’t have to use your oven or stove! Hallelujah because this college girl’s only kitchen access is the shared dorm kitchen.
-They’re perfect for popping right before a workout, sticking one or two in your lunchbox, or eating as a late-night snack.
-They stay good forever in the freezer and they taste awesome frozen.
-Did I mention these peanut butter energy bites only have 4 ingredients?
First, measure out oats, peanut butter, honey, and mini chocolate chips. I was feeling adventurous, so I added ground hemp seeds, too, like some kind of hippie health nut, but I couldn’t taste them. Promise. Other people tried these bites and had no idea that they had a secret ingredient, so unless they read this post, they’ll never know!
You could also add chia seeds, ground flax seeds, wheat bran, or your other strange health ingredient of choice. Stir it all up and marvel that it looks like cookie dough! At this point, some taste-testing is probably necessary for quality assurance purposes, of course.
If the dough is sticky, you can refrigerate it for a couple hours or even pop it into the freezer for 30 minutes.Shape the dough into 2 dozen or so balls, and then refrigerate for about an hour before enjoying.
To store the energy bites, you can place them in a container or gallon-size bag and stash them in your fridge or freezer.
I’ll be making these peanut butter energy bites again soon, and I’ll be doubling the recipe when I do!
If you try these peanut butter chocolate energy bites, feel free to let me know in a comment or take a picture and tag me @livbane on Instagram! I’d love to see!
- 3/4 cup all-natural peanut butter (if your natural peanut butter is refrigerated and is thick, try popping the measuring cup of peanut butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds)
- 1 3/4 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
- 1/3 cup honey (or slightly more if needed to bind mixture together)
- 1/3 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips (I used mini)
- Optional: 1/4 cup wheat bran, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, or hemp seeds
Add peanut butter to medium microwave-safe mixing bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until peanut butter is less solid.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl, and stir for 2-3 minutes minutes until fully combined. At this point, if the dough is very sticky, you can refrigerate it for a 1-2 hours or pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes to slightly firm up.
Using a cookie scoop or spoon, form the dough into about 24 tablespoon-sized balls. Place on wax or parchment sheet or dish and refrigerate for about an hour before enjoying.
To store, place energy bites in a Ziploc bag or storage container. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
Depending on the type of peanut butter you use and its thickness, you may need to add slightly more honey or peanut butter to help the energy bites come together.
Tools I Used: this small cookie scoop
Nutrition info (for 1 energy bite):
Calories: 100 Carbs: 11g Protein: 3g Sugar: 7g
Hope you enjoy!