No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

You know those moments when you need a quick boost? Maybe your energy is flagging, and you could use a little pick-me-up to get your butt back in gear? Something like those oatmeal energy bars that are everywhere, but maybe even smaller than that and, let’s face it, more fun? Introducing SkinnyMs. No Bake Energy Bites! All the boost you need in a perfect bite-sized package.

This isn’t one of those energy snack recipes that requires loads of preparation and hours toiling over a hot stove. A blender, a bowl, and a sealable container are all you need to create these no bake energy bites. A cup of almond butter or peanut butter brings the protein to the party and a half cup of chocolate chips ensures that these treats aren’t just energizing, they’re tasty too. The parade of healthy ingredients continues with banana, honey, chia (or flax) seeds, and even some shredded coconut if that’s your cup of tea!

Enlist the kids in a fun family activity of turning the mixture into little balls. Store them in the fridge for a couple of hours and voila! You have your very own oatmeal energy bars in the form of convenient bite-size treats. These bites are great for popping in your mouth instead of reaching for a bag of chips, and they’re also invaluable as a quick, energy boosting snack on the go. Dig in!

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No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Yields: 20 servings | Serving Size: 1 energy bite | Calories: 203 | Total Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Sodium: 17 mg | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 6 g | SmartPoints: 7

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dark or bittersweet chocolate chips (mini or regular sized)
  • 1 cup smooth almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 1/4 cups oats,
  • 1 medium to large ripe banana, pureed
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, optional

Directions

  1. Line a sealable container with a square of wax paper.
  2. Grind 1/4 cup of oats in the blender until they reach a flour-like consistency. Pour ground oat flour into a large bowl. Add ground oats, remaining oats, chia seeds, salt, cocoa powder, and coconut (if using) to the bowl and mix.
  3. Puree a banana in the blender or with a fork.Add the nut butter, raw honey, vanilla, chocolate chips, and banana puree to oat mix, combine until fully incorporated.
  4. Using your hands, form into 20 balls and place on the wax paper. Once you have one layer of bites, another square of wax paper can be added, and more can be placed on the next sheet and so forth.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Bites can be stored in single layers in freezer bags after refrigeration for up to 3 months. Enjoy!
https://skinnyms.com/no-bake-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-energy-bites-recipe/

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15 Comments on "No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites"

  1. Yvonne  March 7, 2016

    Hi,
    I had made a batch of peanut butter & it’s more runny than store bought ones. I’m wondering if it will keep it together & not fall apart?

    Yvonne

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs.  March 8, 2016

      We use organic peanut butter, which is usually a bit runnier than many store-bought varieties. Using chia seeds will help to absorb the excess moisture, but if you find that your batch is a bit oily, you can add a tablespoon of oats at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

      Reply
  2. Amy  March 20, 2016

    Hi,
    I’m a little cofused. How much total oatmeal is used? You grind 1/4 cup, but then how much more do you add?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  March 21, 2016

      Amy, Please see updated recipe. I think it is clear now. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Alicia  April 15, 2016

    I can swear it has pine nuts in the picture? Does it? I don’t mind, I loivepine nuts

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  April 15, 2016

      Alicia, Feel free to use pine nuts if you prefer. We actually switch up and sometimes use a combination of nuts and seeds.
      This recipe is so versatile. The healthier the better! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Sawleha  May 27, 2016

    Hello,
    What kind of oats do we use in this recipe? Oat groats? Grind 1/4 cup of it.

    Reply
    • Kym Votruba  May 27, 2016

      You can grind steel cut oats into a flour, but old-fashioned oats will work, as well.

      Reply
  5. Colleen  January 9, 2017

    Not a fan of bananas, can you make without them or is there a substitute?

    Reply
    • Nichole Furlong  January 9, 2017

      Hi Colleen,

      Yes, you can leave the bananas out. The banana adds sweetness and consistency to the bites. However, you can add 2 tablespoons of honey and increase the peanut butter by about 1/4 cup to make up for the lack of banana.

      Reply
  6. marilee  April 15, 2017

    just a suggestion but how about using unsweetened applesauce in place of the banana for anyone who does not care for bananas.

    Reply
  7. Sarah Croft  January 7, 2018

    Hi I can not eat peanut butter what could I replace it with? thanx sarah

    Reply
  8. Diane  January 9, 2018

    Is there a substitute for nut butter as my daughter is allergic to all tree nuts

    Reply
    • Jennifer Hanford  January 10, 2018

      Hi, Diane. Sunflower seed butter is a good substitute.

      Reply

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