No Bake Valentine’s Energy Bite’s
Everyone loves a good energy ball – especially with a little red and pink!
One of my all time favourite energy bite recipes!
I’m always looking for ways to add some festive flare in basic everyday recipes. I like to make a batch of energy balls on Sunday’s so we have a quick snack available through the busy week.
These energy bites can be stored on the counter for up to 5 days but I highly suggest keeping them in the freezer! They are so delicious chilled and less messy!
The bites will keep up to 3 months once frozen.
A few tidbits about the ingredients:
Old-fashioned oats — or rolled oats. These will serve as the base of the energy bites. Steel cut oats will not work!
Graham Crackers — I typically use the HoneyMaid graham Wafers. 2-3 wafers in the food processor will give you roughly 3/4 cup.
Cashews — you can opt out of salted cashews and use unsalted, just be sure to add 1/4 tsp of sea salt to the recipe. Try and get the cashews as ground up as possible. When you have large chunks in your mixture, the balls tend to fall apart.
Creamy Peanut Butter — I’ve used both traditional creamy peanut butter and natural creamy peanut butter, both work!
Honey — adds natural sweetness and binds the bites together. You can also use maple syrup.
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup graham crackers, finely crushed
- 1/4 cup salted cashews, finely crushed
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or chia)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup m&ms or smarties
- cooking spray
1. In a bowl mix together oats, finely crushed graham crackers, finely crushed cashews, hemp seeds and m&ms. [I like to use a food processor to get the graham crackers and cashews really fine.]
2. In a seperate, microwave safe bowl add peanut butter and honey and melt for 15 seconds – just enough to warm it slightly. Stir in vanilla extract and combine.
3. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry mix, stir to combine.
4. Use a cookie scoop to form bite-sized balls. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for minimum 20 minutes. [Tip! I give my hands a small dusting with cooking spray before I start rolling the balls – I find they’re easier to handle and less sticky this way!]
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