energy bites

the perfect on-the-go snack, these little energy bites pack big flavors - peanut butter, banana, oats & nuts - in every bite.

energy bites are essentially mini granola bars, rolled into tasty little balls.  they freeze very well, and are great to grab for a healthy breakfast or snack - at home or on the go!

these days it seems like there are loads of recipes for energy balls, bites & bars floating around the web. many of the recipes i've seen contain protein powder - something i definitely do NOT want helena eating - or uncommon (at least to ours & i'm assuming most houses) ingredients like spirulina, matcha powder, etc). not what i think of when i want to whip up a healthy, simple bite for helena (and myself - let's be honest, these things are delicious!).  

this recipe uses everyday ingredients - peanut butter (any nut or seed butter will work),  banana, raisins, nuts...  all things i always have on hand, making these little bites easy to make after school or in the evening.  store them in the freezer, and they're on hand when you need a boost or sweet treat in the afternoon... or morning... or whenever!  and bonus, you can feel good about giving them to your kids!  now that's a win all around.

recipe: energy bites

yields: 8-10 small balls

ingredients:

  • 1 small, very ripe banana, smashed
  • 1/4 c peanuts butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 - 3/4 c raw quick oats
  • 3 Tbsp raw grated/shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp raisins (dried cranberries or cherries are delicious too)
  • 1 Tbsp raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips - optional but recommended

method:

  1. mix the banana, peanut butter & vanilla until very well combined.
  2. add the oats, coconut, raisins, walnuts, peanuts, cinnamon, salt & chia seeds
  3. stir to combine.
  4. stir in the chocolate chips (if using)
  5. roll into small balls - roughly golf-ball size
  6. put on a plate or baking sheet and place it in the freezer until the balls are set - 30 minutes to an hour.  you can skip this step, but the balls hold together best when frozen
  7. when frozen, remove from freezer, transfer to a freezer-safe bag or re-usable container and store in the freezer.

enjoy!

xo

h & s

step 1- mash that pb  & banana...

step 2 -- add in the main ingredients...

step 3 -- stir in the fun stuff...

step 4 -- complete!