Friday, January 23, 2015

No Bake Energy Bites

Energy bites are not a novelty around here and we almost always have a batch in the fridge or freezer available for healthy snacking. In fact, my Paleo Snack Bites have been one of my most popular recipes and most pinned posts to date. They are slightly sweet a filled with so many good-for-you ingredients.

I shook things up a bit with this week's batch of bites and used a new recipe from my friend Kealy. She uses oats instead of almond meal, honey instead of maple syrup and cacao nibs instead of mini chips. The differences are slight but the taste is entirely new and we have loved snacking on these this week. They are perfect for snacking on the go, pre or post workout bite and even after dinner when you need a little something sweet. 

I love the sweetness of the honey and this is my first time experimenting with cacao nibs- I am obsessed! By themselves they have the initial taste of chocolate but are not sweet at all. A subtle chocolatey flavor comes out when you use them with other sweet ingredients for a healthier chocolate chip with lots of good nutrients and tons of antioxidants. 

No Bake Energy Bites

1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cups natural crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
2 Tbsp. vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes to let it firm up. Form into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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