This recipe was featured in Stillwater Living Magazine
When you need a snack or an energy boost, go straight for these Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites. Nutrient-dense and delicious, these savory bites with a hint of natural sweetness will keep you satisfied
The new year means that healthy eating and exercise resolutions are in full swing. I used to join the madness every year and then, like most other people, I started to fade a few weeks in. So instead, I try to balance my diet with healthier options all year long. One of my favorites is Chicken Chickpea Salad, and I make it for lunch regularly. Roasted Mushroom and Green Bean Farro Salad is another favorite when I want a hearty and savory dish.
However, what I don’t have are healthy snack options. When I worked at OSU I could control my snacking because I only had what I brought to the office. But now that I work from home, I tend to go straight for the unhealthy from my pantry. Plus, now that I’m getting ready to start training for the OKC Half Marathon, I need good options to help me refuel after a long run. Homemade energy bars and bites are one of the latest trends, but I never jumped on board…until now. I found lots of varieties on Pinterest and decided to do a mashup creation with Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites
Where have these Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites been all my life?! They are hearty, flavorful, and have a touch of sweet. You can snack on these without guilt, and they are perfect to take when you’re on the go.
INGREDIENTS FOR FRUITY MONSTER NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites are nutrient dense, and delicious
- Rolled oats – I use a combination of Old Fashioned Oats and Quick Oats (high in protein and potassium)
- Coconut Flakes
- Flax Seed (high in Omega-3, fiber and potassium)
- Ground Chia Seeds (high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium)
- Dried Cranberries
- Dried Mission Figlets (high in fiber, potassium and iron)
- Creamy Peanut Butter (high in potassium)
- Raw Honey
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Chocolate Chips
- M&M Mini’s
I don’t use oats, coconut flakes, flax seed or chia seeds on a regular basis. I was dreading buying packages of each, and them just sitting in my pantry. But Sprouts Farmer’s Market has all of it in the bulk food section! So if you’re like me, you can just buy the products as needed.
EASY PREP FOR FRUITY MONSTER NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites are so easy to make:
- Combine dry ingredients in one bowl, wet ingredients in another bowl. Whisk wet ingredients until smooth
- Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir well to combine
- Using a mini cookie scoop, roll Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites…use your hands to help form the bites
- Rest in fridge for at least 30 minutes
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze
OPTIONS FOR FRUITY MONSTER NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
The great thing about Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites is that you can make these your own.
- Switch it up and use different types of dried fruit
- If you don’t like coconut, then leave it out
- Use Gluten Free Oats to keep Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites gluten free.
- Instead of honey, use Agave Syrup or Maple Syrup. I have not tried these substitutions, so you may need to adjust amounts accordingly
STORING AND FREEZING FRUITY MONSTER NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
Keep your Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites in an airtight container in the fridge. And keep them at the front of the fridge, at eye level! That way when you’re craving a snack, they’re at your fingertips.
To freeze Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites, line a baking sheet with Parchment Paper, and space the bites on the baking sheet. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours, and then store Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites in a sealed Ziploc Bag.
I’m so excited for these Fruity Monster No Bake Energy Bites, and now have them in both my fridge and freezer at all times
SHOP THIS RECIPE
- 1/2 cup Old Fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 2/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 Tablespoon ground chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- 1/4 cup Mission figlets, chopped
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup M&M Minis
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut flakes, flaxseed, chia seeds, cranberries, and figlets
- In another bowl, add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Mix together until well combined and smooth
- Add peanut butter mixture to dry mixture, stirring well to fully incorporate. Using a mini cookie scoop, form into balls. I use my hands to help form the balls so they stay together. Place energy bites on a sheet of parchment paper
- Place energy bites into fridge for about 30 minutes to set. Store in an airtight container in the fridge