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.