My hubs and I eat a lot of energy bars. Between our busy work (and workout) schedules, we’re frequently reaching for something grab-and-go to give us the boost we need to get through the day (other than coffee, of course). My current favorite is the Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar, while he prefers the Chocolate Chip Clif Bar.
I’d love to be able to make my own energy bars from scratch, but I’d never be able to keep up with the demand — we eat way too many of them. However, when I saw these No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites on The Cilantropist, I was instantly intrigued for a number of reasons:
1. I had all the ingredients in the house.
2. I didn’t have to bake them.
3. They contain peanut butter.
A no-brainer, right? I whipped up a batch the next day and instantly fell in love. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat — a perfect afternoon treat to get you over that 3:00 hump. I have a feeling these will become a staple in our active household…where we all could use a little extra energy.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites (makes 12 – 15 bites)
From The Cliantropist
What you need:
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped*
- 1/4 cup dried carob chips, roughly chopped*
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (I used chunky)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Feel free to substitute any dried fruit you like, totaling 1/2 cup.
How you do it:
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure everything is very well combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop to portion out the dough, then gently roll it in your hands to form a ball. If you find that it’s not sticking, add more peanut butter or honey. Likewise, if you find that it’s too wet, add more oats. This amount of dough makes 12 – 15 bites, depending on the size of your cookie scoop.
- Store the bites in the fridge in an airtight container.
They look a lot like these dog treats I make, ha ha ha. No but seriously this is a great recipe for when you’re working out a lot and burning lots of calories. Thanks!
Bommer and Percy get some gourmet food! 🙂
Oh those look soooo tasty! I love it! No bake treats are always so good!
You had CAROB CHIPS on hand? You damn hippie.
You know it.
It’s like homemade granola- I can’t get enough.
I’m with your husband, though- Clif chocolate chip are the BEST. Too bad they’re so full of sugar- otherwise I’d eat one every day.
Looks healthy and delicious! I bet your husband was very pleased!
Yah, I`m like you. If something has peanut butter I`m all over it! Haha, these look scrummy!
These sound perfect! My husband and I go through so many energy bars too. I need to give these a try! 🙂
Mmm, those look good! And I love no-bake “desserts”–since I end up eating half of anything before it gets to the oven anyway.
And I love the choco-peppermint Luna bars as well–and the S’Mores ones.
I’ve been going through a peanut butter phrase lately, so these look especially delicious to me today. Yum!
I’ve never thought to make my own energy snack–what a great idea! But carb chips? …I’ll need a little more convincing! 😉
So healthy and crunchy! I love them. I will make a bunch of them and take them at the office. They make a perfect snack!
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These were cool. Just saying energy balls is cool. I used raisins. This recipe makes me feel healthy. I guess I am kinda healthy. Huh. Cool.
check my version here: http://cenabimus.blogspot.com/2011/11/peanut-oat-energy-balls.html
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I made these yesterday night [to cure my late night finals studying cravings..] and realized my parents had eaten all my rolled oats while I was at college, soo I substituted them with one minute ones (i think i will use rolled oats next time though; they didn’t taste bad, actually really good but just suuper peanut buttery. which is perfectly fine/perfect for me, but if i were making them for friends I’d use rolled oats!) I also substituted the honey with agave because I don’t have any honey at the moment! In the end, it turned out a bit too dry so I [happily] added another scoop (i didn’t measure, just plopped a scoop in hehe). They taste amazing. I had like 10 of them for breakfast…so much for being healthy hahaha 🙂 Thank you for this recipe!!
A little improvisation never hurt anything!