When you need a quick snack to keep you full until dinner—or something sweet to satiate your inner cookie monster—we’ve got your answer: energy bites.
Mix and roll together a few simple ingredients—like nut butter, rolled oats, protein powder, chia seeds, and honey—and you’ve got a stash of easy grab-and-go treats. We rounded up a dozen of the yummiest, most creative recipes out there—so get mixing!
No-Bake Chocolate PB Energy Bites
If you’re new to the world of energy bites, this classic recipe from Gimme Some Oven is the place to start. Coconut, flaxseed, peanut butter, and chia seeds come together for a dose of healthy fats—and chocolate chips make each bite as good as a cookie.
Lemon Blueberry Energy Bites
Fresh lemon juice makes these fruity-sweet bites the perfect alternative to that coffee shop muffin that’s been staring at you all week. The Recipe Rebel’s energy bites are made with only five ingredients and are sweetened with honey.
Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter Energy Bites
Get in your coffee along with your morning (or afternoon) mug with these espresso-inspired energy bites from With Salt And Wit. Instant coffee packs the flavor you crave, while vanilla protein powder bumps up the protein and helps sweeten the treat.
Nutella Chia Energy Bites
We know: We had you at ‘nutella.’ Using just chocolate hazelnut spread and three other ingredients, these sweet bites make for the perfect dessert. Baking-Ginger knows how to make the people happy.
Carrot Oat Energy Bites
Trying to squeeze more vegetables into your day isn’t always easy—especially if you have a sweet tooth. My Kids Lick The Bowl’s recipe makes it happen, though, by combining finely chopped carrots with sweet dates, cinnamon, ginger, and a few other flavorful ingredients. It’s like healthier carrot cake—in a ball.
Matcha Green Tea Energy Bites
Matcha is so trendy (and so great for you) that we’re putting it in everything and anything. Shredded coconut and maple syrup sweeten up these bites from Living Well Mom. What a delightful green color they are.
Related: Is Matcha Really A Miracle Worker?
No-Bake Brownie Energy Bites
There’s nothing quite like biting into a chewy, walnut-y brownie, but if you’re eating clean or watching your weight, these brownie bites will satisfy your inner fudge monster. Plus, you don’t have to wait impatiently for Jessica In The Kitchen’s bites to bake.
Sweet And Salty Energy Bites
Lovers of all things salt, these are the energy bites for you. Mix crumbled pretzel pieces into your standard energy bite concoction of honey, PB, coconut, flaxseed, oats, and coconut oil, and you’ve got a treat like no other. Don’t Waste The Crumbs recommends throwing some mini chocolate chips into the mix if you’re feeling indulgent.
Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites
Put a slice of apple pie in front of us and chances are we won’t be able to take just one bite. So Recipe Runner’s energy bites are pretty much our hero—especially considering they’re free of refined flours and sugar, unlike most slices of the classic T-giving dessert.
Healthy Cake Batter Energy Bites
Start with Desserts With Benefits’ homemade cake batter nut butter, and mix in a handful of quick ingredients for these birthday-worthy treats. They’re guilt-free, sweetened with stevia, and super-colorful if you roll them in rainbow sprinkles before serving or storing.
Lemon Turmeric Energy Bites
Yet another trendy, health-friendly ingredient we can’t get enough of: turmeric. This feel-good, bite-sized snack from Natalie’s Food And Health gets its flavor from ground turmeric, lemon zest, vanilla extract, coconut, and (of course) dates.
Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites
Hemp hearts are the new chia seeds, and Minimalist Baker’s recipe is all about these chewy sources of protein and healthy fats. Each bite has four grams of protein, so consider us impressed.