No Bake Energy Balls 9 Ways – the perfect easy and healthy snack for on the go! Best of all, no refined sugar and super easy to customize and make ahead for packing into school or work lunchboxes. With gluten free and nut free options. Plus video.
They are seriously one of our favorite healthier (and most popular on the blog) snacks to make at the beginning of the week to keep on hand.
A few of our favorites include:
With the busy fall season ahead, this post has been a long time coming. It combines my favorite energy bites along with some tips in case you guys are looking for more variety in your snack arsenal.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FROM YOUR PANTRY FOR THESE NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
The great thing about energy bites is they are made with simple pantry ingredients that you can swap out according to what you have on hand.
Be sure to check your labels if you have any food allergies or sensitivities and use gluten free or nut free ingredients as needed.
- oats (use gluten free if necessary – my favorite is Bob’s Red Mill)
- sticky sweetener like maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup or organic agave
- natural nut or seed butter (almond, peanut, cashew, sunflower or pumpkin seed butter)
- dried dates or apricots
- pure vanilla extract (recommended for adding flavor)
- ground cinnamon (my favorite)
- pinch of sea salt (cuts down on sweetness)
- almond meal or oat flour
- grapeseed oil or melted coconut oil
- shredded coconut
- protein powder
- ground flaxseeds, chia seeds
- chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans etc.)
- pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
- dried fruit (preferably unsweetened or with less sweetener – cranberries, raisins, blueberries, cherries etc.)
- chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (optional)
SOME HELPFUL TIPS & TRICKS
- pack your energy bites tightly into 1 – 1.5 ” sized balls – (about one – two tablespoons of dough)
- chilling the dough prior to rolling helps the dough stick together
- if you don’t feel like rolling them into balls – press the dough into a square baking pan lined and cut into bars after chilling
- wet hands slightly to help the dough stick together
- heat nut butter with 2 teaspoons of grapeseed or coconut oil to make it more liquidy – this is especially necessary if you are using nut butter near the bottom of the jar
- different brand of nut butters yield slightly different consistency and results, adjust as needed. I usually like to use organic and / or natural nut / seed butters
- add more liquid (nut butter / sweetener / oil ) if dough seems too dry
- swap out shredded coconut for ground flaxseeds, almond meal or oat flour
- add protein powder, hemp seeds and / or chia seeds for an extra boost of nutrition
- pulse softened dried dates, prunes or apricots with some water in your food processor if you don’t want to add any liquid sweeteners
- a pinch of sea salt helps to cut down sweetness and adds flavor
4. Apricot Energy Bites – recipe below
6. Mocha Protein Energy Bites – recipe below
7. Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites – recipe below
8. Reese’s Peanut Butter Energy Bites – recipe below