This healthy snack goes by many names, but we like to call them energy bites. I ate a ton of granola and protein bars the first few weeks after my son was born. Between being up around the clock and nursing, I was hungry all the time but didn’t always have the time to sit down for a full meal. Then a friend brought me a version of these and I’ve been whipping them up when I’ve had the time. Store-bought protein and energy bars can be around $1/bar and often contain a ton of sweetener and starches. These are really easy, inexpensive, and delicious–and they’re healthier. You can customize them to your taste, too. If you’ve made a different version, send me your recipes! Mine is below.
- 1 cup rolled or old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup nut butter I used almond
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips or flakes optional: slightly toasted
- 1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl with a spoon.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Roll into balls. Greasing your hands with a little bit of oil makes this process easier and less messy.
Store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.