Imagine a world where chocolate and peanut butter could provide a ton of health benefits. That world exists: look no further than these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites! Two tasty treats star in this recipe for portion-controlled bite-sized balls. Nutritious, filling superfoods like chia, rolled oats, and flax seeds create a chewy, dense texture, while non-refined, guilt-free sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup add a hint of savory sweetness. These foods boast a low-glycemic index, contributing to feelings of fullness and a stable release of energy that lasts for hours. Pop one of these energy bites to avoid an afternoon crash and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Yields: 20 servings | Serving Size: 1 ball | Calories: 94 | Total Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 2mg | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fiber: 2g | Sugars: 5g | Protein: 3g | SmartPoints: 3 |
- 1-1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats, divided
- 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter, store bought or homemade
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 cup flax seeds (any variety)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, raw or regular
- 1/3 cup honey (raw honey or not) or real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- Grind a half cup of oats and all the flax seeds in the blender/food processor until they form a powder.
- Add the ground oats and flax seeds to a large bowl. Add remaining cup of rolled oats, cocoa powder, salt, and chia seeds. Mix to combine.
- In a separate small bowl, stir together the honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract until combined. Add to the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Hands may be used to combine as mixture is very thick. Roll into one-inch sized balls. Should make about 20 balls. Note that wetting hands with water or coating in coconut or canola oil helps to keep the mixture from sticking to hands when forming the balls.
- Keep in the fridge for 4 to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.
- *Note that if dough is too sticky, grind additional oats and add. If dough is too dry, add a touch more peanut butter.
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