17 No-Bake Energy Bites That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Minimal ingredients, tons of protein, and just what you need for an energy boost. 

July 21, 2015
Photograph courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Once that 2 p.m. slump rolls around and you're thinking of reaching for a bag of cookies or another cup of coffee, pause. Instead, it may just be perfect moment to indulge in an energy bite, a no-bake ball of oats and flavor, that is both protein-packed and sweet enough to satisfy that afternoon sugar craving. 

If you haven't hopped on this latest food trend, energy balls are small, ping pong ball-sized snacks that pack a seriously big punch when you need it most. Depending on what flavor profile you're aiming for, you can mix and match tons of ingredients to create your own varieties. And the best part? They can be frozen and enjoyed for up to a seven days, so a Sunday batch can last you throughout the week.  

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Energy bites can be a really tasty, high protein snack, and perfect to breakup your afternoon and keep you going until dinner time," says Alissa Rumsey, a NYC-based registered dietitian. "I also love to eat them for breakfast, and dip them in plain Greek yogurt for some extra protein and fat. They can be chock-full of nutrient-rich foods such as nuts or nut butter, dates, cacao nibs, oats, chia, flax and more. You get protein, healthy fat, fiber and whole grains—all in portable bite size snack."

But as with all great things, they should be enjoyed in moderation. Just a couple of these snack-sized bites should do. 

"Watch the added sugar and choose recipes with no refined sugar and no more than 1/8- to 1/4-cup of natural sugars like honey or agave," Rumsey advises. "Stick to just two bites per serving, as the calories from the ingredients can quickly add up."

Pack a couple in your bag at the beginning of the day, and pop them as a snack between lunch and dinner. Seem easy enough? They sure are. Now check out these 17 no-bake energy ball recipes that’ll help transform your day, one bite at a time:

Chocolate Energy Bites from Cooking Classy

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven

Photograph courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

 

Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls from Every Last Bite

Photograph courtesy of Every Last Bite

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Bliss Bites from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

Photograph by Mitch Mandel

 

Fig Almond Energy Bites from Well Plated

Photograph by Well Plated

 

Almond Joy Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven

Photograph courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

 

Banana Bread Energy Balls from Every Last Bite

Photograph courtesy of Every Last Bite

 

Oats, Nut Butter & Chia Energy Bites from My Fussy Eater

Photograph courtesy of My Fussy Eater

 

Pineapple Coconut Protein Balls from Creative Juice

Photograph courtesy of Creative Juice

 

Apple Pie Energy Balls from Every Last Bite

Photograph courtesy of Every Last Bite

 

Coffee Ground Energy Bites from Blissful Britt

Photograph courtesy of Blissful Britt

 

Key Lime Pie Coconut Energy Bites from Spoonful of Flavor

Photograph courtesy of Spoonful of Flavor

 

Coconut Ginger Energy Balls from Every Last Bite

Photograph courtesy of Every Last Bite

 

Lemon Pie Energy Bites from Back for Seconds

Photograph courtesy of Back for Seconds

 

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites from Grace and Good Eats

Photograph courtesy of Grace and Good Eats

 

Nutella Energy Bites from The Gunny Snack

Photograph courtesy of The Gunny Snack

 

Coconut Date Energy Bites from Sweet Phi

Photograph courtesy of Sweet Phi

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