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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites are no bake and can be prepped in 20 minutes or less.  The perfect treat for when you’re in the need for a quick burst of energy.  Feel free to substitutes gluten free, lactose free, and vegan options to make this recipe work for you!

Coming back from the wedding this weekend has been tough.  I love how early in the week always feels like a fresh start.  But when you’re struggling on catching up with sleep, early in the week is just plain tough!

Right around 2pm, I regularly start to feel “blah.”  Sometimes I dig into a matcha mint latter iced tea, but other times, I want a small kick on healthy sugar to get me going ASAP.  And that’s when I grab one of these little energy bites.


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With banana and peanut butter being the base, these are not too unhealthy to ruin my diet.  While some for of flour should be included, feel free to nix the additional granulated sugar, skip the chocolate chips, or add in protein powder if any of those options fit your current eating plan.

Delicious, nutritious, easy to make, and flexible based on what we have at home.  Just what I’m looking for in a favorite recipe!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Prep Time: 20 minutes; Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yields: 20 energy balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (coconut flour or gluten-free oat flour work, as well)
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (I used regular peanut butter)
  • 1 over-ripe, mashed banana
  • 2 tablespoons honey (brown rice syrup or maple syrup work, as well)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or dairy free milk of choice); may want a little bit more
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional ingredients (included in directions in parenthesis where relevant):
    • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I did include. Act surprised.)
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (I included a bit less)
    • 1/2 cup protein powder

Materials

Directions

  1. In your large mixing bowl, combine your flour, cinnamon, and sea salt, (& protein powder & sugar) and mix well.  Add in your mashed banana (& chocolate chips) and mix well again.  This should leave a very crumbly mixture.
  2. In a separate, microwaveable safe bowl, melt your nut butter and honey.  I did so by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring, then microwaving for another 30 seconds.  Stir again until combined well.
  3. Pour your peanut butter and honey mixture into your original large mixing bowl.  Add in your milk one tablespoon at a time.  Stir until combined well and a very thick batter is formed.  (Once the peanut butter mixture cooled a bit, I ended up mixing with my hands to filly combine.  They’ll get messy in the next step anyways.)
  4. Using your hands, form the batter into bite sized balls separated evenly on your baking sheet.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!  Store covered in your refrigerator up top 5 days.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yum! These look great–i love little bites like this. My favorite afternoon pick me up usually involves peanut butter and an apple or peanut butter and some dates?

    August 23, 2016 at 6:20 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      I need to get back on the dates train. I haven’t had one in a while, but they’re so delicious to combine into every recipe for a little sweetness. Great call!

      August 23, 2016 at 8:15 am

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