This energy bites recipe is taken to the next level! Oats and chia seeds are combined with chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels to make this vegan sweet and salty snack.
Hip hip for energy bites!
Or energy balls
Or super delicious yet healthy bite-sized treats.
Whatever you wanna call em, these filling snacks are the perfect snack.
We’re going to call em’ energy bites today.
I loveeee me some energy bites. They are the perfect snack to keep on hand to keep hunger at bay. They are great for a pre-workout or post-workout fuel, snacking on the go, or just a little sweet treat to feed your sweet tooth.
What I love best is the ingredients are cheap and simple, but also this recipe is no-bake and naturally plant-based.
Ingredients for energy bites:
The base is rolled oats, peanut butter, agave, and chia seeds.
Then the flavor add-ins are dark chocolate chips and pretzels, and almonds.
Note: To make sure this recipe is vegan, ensure the chocolate chips are dairy free! I personally love this brand.
How to make energy bites:
Well, the process is just about as simple as the ingredient list. Add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix until a sticky-like dough is achieved.
The best thing about energy bites is the recipe is super forgiving. If the mixture is too stiff, try adding some more sweetener, or if the mixture is too wet, try adding more oats or chia seeds to hold everything together.
Once everything is mixed together, I like to put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. This step isn’t crucial, but it does make ball rolling easier.
Tip: To get the chocolate chips on the outside, I like to press a few chips into the energy bites once they are formed into a ball.
How long to energy bites keep for?
Once you make energy bites, they keep in the fridge for a week (up to 10 days).
Can you freeze energy bites?
Yes you sure can! They will last in the freezer for about 3 months. Simply let them thaw out before eating.
Are energy bites healthy?
They are only as healthy as you make them! You can put anything your heart desires in an energy bite. This recipe is packed with healthy carbs and fats, protein from the chia seeds, and a little bit of sweetener and chocolate chips.
Energy bites are a healthy and complete snack but stick to only a couple per serving.
Ways to customize energy bites recipe:
- Substitute agave nectar with maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener.
- To make this recipe gluten-free, use certified GF oats and gluten-free pretzels
- Instead of peanut butter, you can use almond butter (or any nut butter for that matter)
- Add protein powder to really increase the protein content in these snack bites! I’d recommend maybe reducing the oat content though so your mixture isn’t too dry.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
- 2/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup agave
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- pinch salt omit if peanut butter has salt added
- 1/2 cup pretzels chopped
- 1/4 cup almond chopped
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips plus more for garnishing (optional)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well using a rubber spatula.
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set (this step is optional but recommended)
- Make energy bites into golf ball-sized balls using your hands. Gently press chocolate chips into balls (point side down) to get the chocolate chips around the outside like in the pictures. This is also optional.
- Leftovers keep for about 7 days in the fridge.
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