Homemade energy bites are good as snacks or for breakfast. They are easy to make, ingredients are accessible and take little time to put together. There are many energy bites recipes online, but they all follow one blueprint, of about five ingredients.
Variations occur with flavors, and individual dietary preferences. You can make your energy bites as tasty as you like, by including additional flavors such as chocolate or berries.
Here are the ingredients you need for your homemade energy bites.
- Oats– oatmeal is a must have in your energy bites. There are other flour alternatives that you can use. It is a healthy, versatile, inexpensive and filling option that you should include. It also has a gluten free alternative. Therefore, if you are celiac diagnosed, you need not to worry. Grab certified gluten free oats from your nearby grocery store.
- Honey– it acts as a sticky liquid sweetener. Pure maple syrup is also a good alternative if you are vegan. You can mix honey and pure maple syrup with other ingredients such as pumpkin depending on the flavor you want to achieve.
- Ground flax seed– it makes the energy bites healthier, by providing additional nutrients and fiber. You can replace it with more oats, chia seed, hemp seed, or flax seed.
- Chocolate chips– you can use dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips, to achieve your desired taste. The latter gives a mild flavor, and won’t be as strong as dark chocolate, but both taste great.
- Peanut butter– honey creates a good mix of the other ingredients, and you need peanut butter to bind everything together. Chicago weight loss clinic suggests that you choose your preferred nut butter for this, such as pea butter, soy butter, almond butter or sunflower butter. They all have their benefits and allergens, for example, if your body cannot stand tree nuts, you should definitely avoid almond butter.
How should you make the energy bites?
They are no-bake. Therefore, you do not have to worry about using an oven or cooking them over a pan. Simply place all the ingredients together and stir till even. Put them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Remove the bowl, then roll them up to as many bites as you like, depending on the amount of ingredients you used. Put them back into your refrigerator and wait for a week. You can then enjoy them after.
If you are not good with rolling, line a square bowl with parchment paper, place the mixture inside then refrigerate for a week. Remove from the fridge and cut them out into bars. It does not interfere with the taste or nutritional value, and it is a good alternative if you do not want rolled up energy bites.
Do not roll the energy bars without refrigeration. It will be sticky on your hands, and you will end up making a mess. Also wet your hands a bit before rolling, to make it easy. The refrigeration does not have to be only a week. They can last up to 3 months in your freezer provided that you use an airtight container.
The ingredients provided above are the standard ones you should have in your homemade energy bites. You can have variations including ingredients such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa powder or cranberries to fit your desires. Storing your energy bites is not a problem, as you can freeze them for about 90 days. They are highly nutritious and filling, and should get you going during the day as a snack or breakfast.