if someone ever tries to tell you that you eat too much peanut butter, stop talking to them. you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
I am 100% a creature of habit.
If I find a specific meal at a restaurant that I like, I rarely order anything but that meal the next 35 times I eat there. I like what I like, so why change it up?
For easily the last 5 years, I had this fun habit of ordering a Bojangles Chicken Supreme combo, large Bo Rounds and a large Diet Mountain Dew at least three times a week. Needless to say, my waist and I weren’t the best of friends for a while. There was definitely some noticeable fluff going on in my face. I finally had to have a talk with myself on why bathing suit wouldn’t be an option if I didn’t get my act together.
So over the last 6 months, I made an effort to limit the crap, and find new treats to satisfy my cravings. That is where No Bake Energy Bites came on board.
This snack not only gives me an extra boost of energy throughout the day, but it is also my go to meal/snack most nights. I usually make a large batch for myself on Sundays & snack on them throughout the week. Again, creature of habit. I literally eat them 3-4 times a week without fail.
Don’t fret Bojangles lovers, I still eat those delicious cajun chicken tenders…I just eat them less often & usually only on the weekends. My new motto is eat clean-ish during the week so I can enjoy the un-healthy-ish meals on the weekends. My love for mayonnaise, ranch & sausage gravy will never go away, so I had to find a new way to manage how it is all consumed.
So far this motto has worked. I am down a pant size, everything fits comfortably & overall I just feel better.
While this recipe is not new to a lot of people…I have made some changes to it that I think make the bites taste better.
- Agave Nectar- its not only good for you, but I have found that it also helps bind the bites together better than honey
- Chia Seeds & Flax Seeds- most recipes call for one or the other but both offer a great source of protein and chia seeds provide just the right amount of crunch to the bite
After you finish mixing all of the ingredients together, as an option, stick the bowl in the refrigerator to cool down. This will make molding the bites into balls MUCH EASIER.
I eat them typically with apples as a snack. They are also a great option by themselves for a pre-workout snack!
WARNING: whether you are into sweets or not, you will quickly become addicted to these No Bake Energy Bites. Lets be honest, peanut butter is LIFE!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flax seed
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels
- 2 tbsp agave nectar
- 1.5 cup peanut butter
add all ingredients into bowl & mix until well combined
to avoid bites getting too sticky, place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to cool
scoop mixture into 1-2 inch wide balls and form shape with hands
let cool in refrigerator before serving. ENJOY!
this recipe should make around 14 larger energy bites or as many as 20 smaller bites