Hold onto your hats because these oatmeal peanut butter energy bites dipped in dark chocolate are going to blow you away! They are super delicious, quick to make, and you don’t have to feel guilty at all for eating them! Then again…you shouldn’t ever feel guilty for eating dessert either, but that’s just my humble opinion. Read on below for the recipe.
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What are Energy Bites?
It seems fairly self-explanatory, but then again maybe it’s not! Energy bites are delicious balls of healthier ingredients to give you the energy you need to get through the day. An energy bite should never taste bad, bland, or boring. It should give you a lift and make you feel great!
As a baker, I have to be very conscious of what I eat because it is super easy to just eat sweets all week long. I would never be healthy if I ate copious amounts of my desserts that I make for Baker Street (although let’s be real, it happens sometimes!).
These oatmeal peanut butter chocolate energy bites are one of my favorite recipes I make to curb my appetite and to have the energy I need to bake, write recipes, raise three children, take photos, write blog posts, edit photos, change poopy diapers, plan out Instagram and Pinterest feeds…let’s just say it takes a LOT of energy and balance to get it all done!
Are Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites Healthy?
Yes! They are most definitely healthy.
Could they be healthier? Yes, but let’s not go crazy here. These are meant to taste good and give you energy.
For this recipe, we use oatmeal, peanut butter (I don’t use natural because I like the saltiness of normal peanut butter, but you can if you want a healthier choice), chopped almonds, flax seeds, and bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate to drizzle. Sounds healthy and delicious, right?
3 Tips for Making the Best Energy Bites
- Use old-fashioned rolled oats and don’t substitute them with quick oats because quick oats are more flaky and crumbly. We want good substantial oats that have great texture for this recipe.
- Refrigerate the energy bites for about 20 minutes after scooping them. You can then roll the bites into smooth balls without getting your hands super messy. Sometimes I can roll the energy bites right after scooping them, but if my hands are warm, it is so much easier when the energy balls are cold.
- Use local honey if you can. I always buy honey that comes from hives in Utah. There is a lot of fraud in the honey industry, so if you buy a major brand at a store, there is a good chance it has filler in it instead of pure honey. Plus, you are supporting local businesses and getting really good tasting honey when you buy local!
Essential Baking Tools
- A 1 tablespoon cookie scoop
- A liquid measuring cup (this one is my favorite!)
- Measuring Spoons (I have these)
- A spatula to combine the ingredients (and to scrape the stick ingredients out of the measuring cups)
Other Recipes You’ll Love
- Chocolate peanut butter crunch mousse tart
- Dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie bars
- Caramel stuffed chocolate cookies
For Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 Tbs flax seed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped small
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 ounces bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate (baking bar chocolate or chocolate chips)
To Make Energy Bites
- Combine all ingredients except the chocolate in a mixing bowl. If you like a crunchier texture, leave the almonds a little bigger when chopping them. Otherwise, chop finely so they are small and somewhat uniform (this is my preference).
- Scoop the energy bites with a tablespoon cookie scoop and place them on a small cookie sheet or plate. Place the scooped bites in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.
- Remove from the fridge and roll the oatmeal peanut butter energy bites with your hands so that they become smooth.
- Melt the chocolate and drizzle as liberally as you would like!
- Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three weeks. They are best eaten cold, but they are good at room temperature too!
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