Eating Healthy just got more delicious. These No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bites are a bit different than the typical ones you may have already tried. They’re not made with oats like most energy bite recipes. Instead they’re made with high fiber and protein cereal…and held together with a yummy chocolate peanut butter mixture.
My friend Erin brought me an energy bite she had made and I loved it! It had a great texture and the chocolate peanut butter mixture that held it together was so yummy. It felt like I was eating a treat not a “healthy” snack.
I couldn’t even wait for her to give me the recipe, I googled until I found what I thought must be the recipe she used. She confirmed it was. I.was.so.excited.
I read through the recipe and realized it called for Brown Rice syrup, I don’t keep that on hand because it is a little pricey, so I decided to try using honey.
Using Honey worked great and the energy bites held together nicely, but they were a little sweeter than the ones Erin had made. The next time I made them picked up some brown rice syrup and I used half honey, half brown rice syrup and the sweetness was perfect and my expensive little bottle of brown rice syrup will last me twice as long.
I add chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds and chia seeds when I make these.
The last time I made them I also threw in a little toasted coconut. You really can’t go wrong with these, you could add dried fruit or flax or any other kind of seed or nut you wanted to.
I have found two different Kashi Cereals that I think work best and that have a good amount of fiber and protein in them. Kashi GoLean and Vanilla Pepita I’ve also used a cereal called Uncle Sam’s (It is usually at Trader Joe’s and Walmart) it is also very high in fiber and protein.
**I personally like them best made with the Vanilla Pepita or a mixture of Uncle Sams and the GoLean. The Vanilla Pepita Cereal is fun because it has things that look and taste like tiny pieces of popcorn in it.
I love having these No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bites for a quick snack or even as a healthy little treat after dinner. I also like to pack them in my kids lunches. They think it is a treat, but it is really just me trying to fill them up with healthy goodness.
Take me at my word when I say, “You’re going to want to double the batch.”
Trust me. (winking smiley face)
- ½ cup honey or brown rice syrup or a mixture of both. Using all honey makes them very sweet.
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 2½ cups Kashi GoLean or Kashi Vanila Pepita or Uncle Sam's Cereal (*note: if you choose to add all of the optional ingredients cut down amount of cereal to 2¼ cups)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (Optional)
- ¼ cup peanuts (optional)
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds (optional)
- Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
- Mix cereal, chia seeds, peanuts, and sunflower seeds in a medium size mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a saucepan combine the peanut butter, and honey/brown rice syrup and coconut oil. Heat them (stirring) until combined and warm.
- Remove from heat and mix in salt and cocoa powder. Pour well combined mixture into the bowl with the cereal mixture and stir until well combined.
- Let cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Using a plastic glove or plastic baggie over your hand. Scoop 2 tbsp of mixture (I use a cookie scoop for this) into your gloved hand and squeeze it into a ball (or as close as you can get it to a ball) Set it down on the wax paper covered cookie sheet that you prepared earlier.
- Repeat until all of the energy bite mixture has been used.
- Transfer cookie sheet into the fridge and let them set up for 30-45 minutes. Once the energy bites are set up they can be stored in a ziploc bag or airtight container.
- I prefer to keep mine in the fridge, but it is not necessary.