Energy bites can come in all shapes and forms…protein rich, fruit and nut centered, so sweet they should be dessert.
Energy bites can be a healthy snack option as long as they are well balanced rather than sweet chocolate truffles masking themselves as healthy.
I always recommend staying as natural with the ingredients as possible, when possible! Many of the energy bites I make typically have a dried fruit (like dates) at the base for sweetness and fiber. I then add a ground nut (like almonds, cashews, or pistachios) for protein, fat, and fiber. You can build upon them from there with citrus zest, and spices (like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice).
Some of my favorite fruit and nut based recipes include :
1.5 c almonds 1.5 c dates .75 c unsweetened coconut 1 T lime zest 1 T lime juice
1 cup dates .5 almond flour 2 T almond flour 2 T water 1 T flax meal Coat in: .25 c dried raspberries 2 T coconut flake
1 cup dates .5 almond flour 1T cocoa .25 c carob chips 1 c oats 1 T chia seeds .25 t peppermint extract
There are also energy bites that are oat centered with a nut butter holding them together. These are also a great option for energy on the go. If you want to omit sugar as a whole replace the honey with a little more nut butter and add a tablespoon of water at a time, until the mixture comes together. Experimenting with adding veggies to the energy bites can help to keep it interesting!
These are some of my go-to oat based recipes:
1 small beet 2 T coconut oil 5 T water 1.5 c oats .25 c hemp seeds .5 c flax meal .5 c coconut flake 2T cocoa 1 c carob chips
1 c oats 1 c carob chips 1 c flax meal .5 c nut butter .25 c honey 1 t vanilla extract 1-2 t water to bind
1.5 c oats .5 c pumpkin puree .5 c peanut butter .25 c honey .25 t cinnamon .25 t pumpkin spice 1 t vanilla extract 2T flax meal
Keep energy bites in your bag, at the office, or consciously take them with you when you leave the house so that you always have a healthy option to reach for instead of rolling through a drive-thru and making decisions while hangry/too hungry to function!