Healthy No-Bake Apple Energy Bites
(full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)
What words grab your eye first with this energy bites recipe title? For me, it is “healthy”, “no-bake” and “energy”, three things that peak my interest!
I love this recipe because you can be creative with the ingredients by swapping out things you don’t like or cannot eat due to allergies or otherwise. The ingredients are full of protein and fiber which provide health boosting benefits. I am not a big breakfast person, so a few of these with coffee keeps me going until lunchtime. If I need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, a couple of these with a decaf coffee or tea keep me going until dinnertime. They soothe cravings for unhealthy, empty-calorie snacks. Just be mindful of your calorie count for the day, eating all 20 of these is probably not a good thing, LOL.
I actually received a brochure (shown here) from our local grocery store that inspired these easy, healthy energy bites. I have tweaked the ingredients using what I had on-hand at the time to make it my own unique recipe.
Energy Bites Quick Prep
Whenever I am planning to make something in the kitchen, the first thing I do is pull out everything I need for ingredients, measuring, tools, cookware and containers. In this case, no cookware for these energy bites, yay! You can see that I use a lot of store brands for basic items, I am frugal like that!
Energy Bites, Versatile and Portable
I would love to hear about the combinations you have come up with for this basic recipe, be creative! These energy bites have endless options and are great to take with you on trips, a workout or hike, to work, in your kids’ lunch box, make up a batch as a gift for a friend in cute packaging, and the list goes on!
*45 minutes total time is 15 minutes prep, plus 30 minutes of chill time for the energy bites to firm up. *Try adding your favorite nuts, dried fruits or even protein powder, etc. Lori Jo - 50 WithFlair - www.50withflair.com
- 1-1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats (not instant)
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, I use a natural type
- 3/4 cup grated apple
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or your choice of chopped nut)
- 1/3 cup ground flax seed (or flax seed meal)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tbsps sesame seeds (or your choice of small seeds)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or ginger for some "bite", or cinnamon-ginger combination)
- Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until completely combined; extra oats can be added if the mixture seems too soft and sticky. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes until firm. Then roll the mixture into 1-inch balls which should yield 18-20 bites. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, if they last that long! Enjoy!
- Tip: dampening your fingers/hands with a bit of water will keep the mixture from sticking to your hands too much
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I love this recipe! Healthy ingredients, no bake…and I love snacks! I will definitely be making these soon. 🙂
Hey, Candi! They truly are so good and easy. So good that I only had 2 left for the photo, LOL! That is why I photographed the brochure that inspired my version. I need to make another batch for this weekend. You will enjoy making them, let me know if you come up with something “customized”, I will feature you on the blog. Thanks so much for visiting!
They look delicious Lori Jo – my only problem is that I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t like peanut butter so I’d need a different binding ingredient – I’ll have to put my thinking cap on.
Hey, Leanne! You could use almond butter or cashew butter, or even Nutella, imagine that! Hope you give it a try with your own spin on it, let me know what combo you end up with! Thanks for visiting 🙂
These look and sound really delicious. I might get myself in trouble!!
You go for it, girl! Like I said, guilt free, LOL. They are really satisfying and filling, 3-4 is breakfast for me and carries me through my 4-mile walk. Enjoy, and let me know if you try other combos 🙂