No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

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These No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites are a family favorite. Packed full of protein, flavor, and convenience, they are a go-to afternoon snack. They taste just like cookie dough!

In today’s fast-paced world, we often find ourselves in need of a quick energy boost to keep us going. That’s where these no-bake oatmeal chocolate chip energy bites come to the rescue! These bite-sized snacks are not only convenient but also packed with wholesome ingredients like chocolate chips, hemp seeds, and chia seeds that provide a powerful punch of energy and nutrition. In this blog post, we’ll explore why we love these energy bites, take a closer look at their key ingredients, and provide you with a simple recipe to make them at home.

oatmeal chocolate chip energy bites in bowl

Why We Love These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Energy bites have gained immense popularity for several compelling reasons:

  1. Portability: Energy bites are the perfect on-the-go snack. Whether heading to work, the gym, or a hiking adventure, you can easily toss some bite-sized wonders into your bag for a quick pick-me-up. They are perfect for a kids’ after-school snack, too!
  2. Sustained Energy: Unlike sugary snacks that lead to energy crashes, energy bites provide a sustained release of energy thanks to their balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.
  3. Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: These energy bites are made with nutrient-dense ingredients that offer various health benefits, making them a guilt-free treat.

Key Ingredients in These No-Bake Energy Bites

Let’s dive into the star ingredients of our oatmeal chocolate chip energy bites:

  1. Oatmeal: Old-fashioned oats work the best. They are the core ingredient.
  2. Nut butter: You can use any smooth nut butter of your preference. While we personally favor almond butter over peanut butter, feel free to choose your own. If your chosen butter is already salted, there’s no need to add extra salt.
  3. Honey: Honey adds both sweetness and acts as a binding agent to hold the energy ball together. If you opt to add chopped dried fruit as a variation, consider decreasing the amount of honey in the recipe.
  4. Chocolate Chips: Semisweet chocolate chips bring a delightful sweetness. We use standard Kirkland chocolate chips but feel free to experiment and substitute with some of the variations below.
  5. Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber. They contribute a nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch to these energy bites.
  6. Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are tiny yet mighty, boasting a high fiber content and loads of vitamins and minerals.
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Variations to Your Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

While our chocolate chip, hemp seed, and chia seed energy bites are already a delicious treat, there’s always room for creativity and personalization. Here are some delightful variations you can try to cater to your taste preferences:

  1. Dark Chocolate Delight: Substitute the regular chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips for a richer, bolder flavor. Dark chocolate also offers more antioxidants and less sugar, making it a healthier choice.
  2. Mini Chocolate Chips: Instead of standard-sized chocolate chips, opt for mini chocolate chips. These smaller morsels distribute chocolatey goodness more evenly throughout the bites, providing a delightful burst of sweetness in every bite.
  3. Craisins, Raisin, or Date Sweetness: If you’re a fan of fruity flavors, consider adding Craisins (dried cranberries), raisins, or dates to the mix. These dried fruits provide natural sweetness and a chewy texture that complements the nutty crunch of hemp and chia seeds. Simply mix in a half-cup of your chosen dried fruit when combining the other ingredients. If you do include the dried fruit, consider decreasing the amount of honey.
  4. Nutty Bliss: For an extra dose of protein and crunch, incorporate chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans into your energy bites. Nuts not only enhance the flavor but also add healthy fats and additional nutrients to your snack.
  5. Coconut Paradise: Take your taste buds on a tropical vacation by adding shredded coconut to your energy bites. The sweet and slightly nutty flavor of coconut pairs beautifully with the other ingredients, creating a delightful tropical twist.
  6. Spice It Up: For a unique twist, add a pinch of your favorite spice or spice blend. We’ve included cinnamon and nutmeg in the recipe, but if you like spice, you can substitute some chili powder for nutmeg and infuse your energy bites with warmth and complexity.

Remember, the beauty of oatmeal chocolate chip energy bites lies in their versatility. Feel free to mix and match these variations or come up with your own creative additions. The possibilities are endless, allowing you to customize your energy bites to suit your cravings and dietary preferences.

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How to Make the No-Bake Energy Bites with Oatmeal and Chocolate Chips

These no-bake energy bites are very simple to make. You basically put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together. Sometimes I mix the dry ingredients first then the wet ingredients and then combine them. Sometimes I don’t. If I don’t mix the ingredients separately, I make sure to spread the spices, salt, and vanilla over the bowl so that the smaller amounts of those items are well distributed.

To mix the ingredients thoroughly you may find that you need to use your hands for the final mixing. This ensures that all of the dry pieces at the bottom of the bowl are integrated with the wet ingredients.

Form the mixture into balls that are about golf-ball size, not too large and not too small. Place them on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for about two hours to set. After about two hours, you can remove them from the cookie sheet and place them in a bowl. Store in the fridge for about a week, although they don’t last that long at our house!

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With these delightful variations, you can keep your energy bites exciting and tailored to your taste. Whether you prefer the rich allure of dark chocolate, the fruity sweetness of Craisins or raisins, or any other unique twist, these variations will elevate your snack game and keep your energy levels high throughout the day.

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No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

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Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 20 balls
These No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Bites are a family favorite. Packed full of protein, flavor, and convenience, they are a go-to afternoon snack. They taste just like cookie dough!

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp nutmeg optional
  • tsp salt leave out if the nut butter has salt
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup flax seeds optional
  • 1 cup creamy nut butter ex: almond butter, peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips regular or mini size
  • ¾ cup craisins chopped, optional

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, hemp hearts, and flax seeds (if using) until well distributed.
  • Add the nut butter, honey, and vanilla to the bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the chocolate chips and craisins (if using). Mix until all ingredients are distributed and sticky. You may need to hand mix the ingredients at the end.
  • Form into golf-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Balls should be about 1½ inch in diameter.
  • Refrigerate for two hours to set. Remove from the tray. They can now be placed in a small bowl and should retain their shape. Keep refrigerated.
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Notes

Optional ingredients include nutmeg, flax seed, and craisins or raisins.
If the dough does not stick together, mix in 1-2 tsp of water, as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip, energy bite, oatmeal

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