every day, around 3 PM, i get hungry. i rummage through the cupboards + fridge, + more often than not, i opt for something like potato chips or m&ms. i ain’t proud, but it’s the truth. much of the time, i actually prefer healthier snacks over junk food-type snacks, but unless something healthy is already prepped + ready to be eaten, my laziness gets the best of me + i opt for the easier route.
the other day, like clockwork, my mid-afternoon hungries crept up, but i wanted something healthy. i turned to pinterest, saw these energy bites + decided to give ’em a try. they looked mighty tasty + were no-bake, which sounded perfect for the hot, humid weather. and? they are fantastic! so easy + amazingly delicious, like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, made into a bite-size ball. you can make a big batch each week + guarantee that you’ll have a scrumptious AND healthy snack on hand. i’ve surprised myself by continually reaching for these (instead of potato chips!) every time i’ve needed a snack over the past few days. hooray for healthy snacks that taste great!
no-bake peanut butter energy bites
makes about 20-25 bites, adapted from smashed peas + carrots
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes (i used sweetened, but you can use unsweetened if you prefer)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until well-blended. let chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour (it makes them easier to form into balls).
once chilled, roll into heaping tablespoon-sized balls + enjoy! stored in an airtight container, these will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.