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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These easy to make chocolate peanut butter energy bites are the perfect to-go snack when you need something healthy yet want something sweet!

I’ve done a lot of hard things in my life. All through high school I worked at a barn cleaning stalls, feeding horses and mending tack to pay for my horse back riding lessons while also waiting tables at a local diner (not at the same time, of course…).  In college I double majored, kept at least 18 credit hours at a time, tutored, and worked my butt off to understand Microbiology, Physical Chemistry, and Physics (ok, so I barely passed Physics, but still… I worked hard at it!). Summer jobs were always working with vets, where often we were so busy I didn’t get to eat lunch. After college I spent several weeks as a wrangler at a ranch in New Mexico, where we worked 13 hour days – doing cattle drives, mending fences, shoeing horses, and riding about a dozen horses a day.  I have given birth to two girls, all naturally. Hard work is not something I am afraid of, or shy away from. But by far the hardest thing I think I have ever done is RAISE those two girls.

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Seriously – figuring out how to raise two strong, independent, clever, modest, respectable girls is HARD! On one hand I want them to be witty and clever and independent thinkers. But on the other hand I want them to also be kind and generous, to follow instructions (but not blindly, of course…). I want to simultaneously shield and protect them and also arm them for battle like an Amazon warrior. What I think about most, though – is body image. Oh man, body image and girls is soooo tough. Growing up I knew so many girls who suffered with bulimia, or who were constantly dieting, constantly exercising, always self-shaming themselves into that “perfect” body. If I could go all fairy godmother and gift my girls with ONE thing, it would be to have a strong body image.

For myself, body image has always been in the back of my mind, but not something that was a forethought. I LOVE food. I will never, ever, ever stop eating and loving food. And I am also not a “gym” girl. I detest working out, running laps, lifting weights. It’s just not me. I would much rather prefer a good hike, a long horseback ride, a bit of yoga, actually doing something. So, I’ve never been a skinny girl, and I never will be. I’ve always had curves, and as I grow older and keep having children, my curves just keep on getting curvier. But you know what – I’m ok with that. This is my body, and its done some amazing and miraculous things. I am 34 and I am at peace with my body – its far from perfect, but its mine.

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So, back to raising girls. My husband and I talked a lot about how we can foster that independence, how we can show our girls that strength > skinny, where being confident and sure of yourself is more important than what size you are. One of the first things my husband said was that he wanted the girls to know how to swim – he was a swimmer in school and wanted our children to have that life skill. We also decided to put our youngest daughter into gymnastics. It started as a way to burn off some extra energy for the little overactive monkey who gave up her naps too early for mama’s liking, but we quickly fell in love with what it was teaching her – strength, flexibility, balance, agility, coordination, spatial awareness, resilience, mental toughness, commitment and dedication. We quickly enrolled my oldest daughter as well, and couldn’t be happier. I don’t expect them to ever join an Olympic team, or being an amazing athlete who brings home a medal or a trophy. That’s not why we are going this. We want them to be strong, inside and out, with a strong sense of self-esteem.

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Because we now have both swimming lessons and gymnastics after school, as well as the occasional rock climbing session, we are always looking for a quick snack in between school and lessons. Finding something that was easily transportable, wouldn’t make a giant mess in my car, and was slightly healthy. I also wanted to balance that line between not being filling enough for an hour long lessons and being so full they feel uncomfortable.

These chocolate peanut butter energy bites were the gold-star solution! They taste amazing – exactly like a no bake cookie, and yet they contain fantastic ingredients meant to satisfy and give them energy! Made with oats, raw honey, flax seeds, chia seeds, peanut butter and unsweetened dark cocoa powder – these bars will give you the energy you and your kiddos need to play and work hard without a huge sugar rush! Plus I love that they don’t make a giant mess in my car (or on my kids faces), either!

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We have recently fallen in love with BAMR Bands and think you will, too! They are stylish non-slip head bands made for women to wear whether they are working out or not. I love that BAMR stands for Bad Add Mother Runner because it totally signifies what I want my girls to embody – to grow to be bad ass women! They are hand made in small batches. I also love that every quarter Katie, the owner, selects a charitable organization that is mother and child focused to donate 10% of all proceeds to. My girls have been wearing them during gymnastics, rock climbing, and general outside play time as a fantastic way to keep those little fly-away hairs out of their faces. I am so excited to share that one lucky winner will win THREE headbands – one in each size of 1.5″, 7/8″ and 5/8″ so you can see which ones you like best!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Sugar Free Energy Balls Recipe

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These easy on-the-go chocolate peanut butter energy balls are perfect snacks for when you need a little energy, but not the sugar rush or too-full feeling associated with pre-workout eating!

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/3 cup raw honey

1 TBSP coconut oil

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1 TBSP chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 scoop protein powder (either chocolate or vanilla)

Instructions

Line a plate or baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil together until it becomes thin and liquid. It doesn’t need to cook, just warm up.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flaxseed, chia seeds, cocoa powder, vanilla, and protein powder.

Using a rubber spatula, mix in the peanut butter/honey mixture into the oat mixture until well combined. You might need to switch to using your hands.

Using your hands, roll out 20-24 small round balls. You want these to be bite sized, about 1 TBSP worth at a time.

Place all the bites on the lined tray, and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Enjoy!

Looking for some other great kid friendly recipes? Check out my “Eat Like A Princess” series – easy and healthy recipes designed to get your kids excited to try new foods!

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These easy to make chocolate peanut butter energy bites are the perfect to-go snack when you need something healthy yet want something sweet! 
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathleen
    July 13, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    Yum! We love energy bites and these sound amazing!

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    Rachael
    July 19, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    I love no bake energy bites. Will have to check these out with my next batch!

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    Andrea
    July 19, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Yum! Definitely going to try these. I make some that are very similar but with coconut and no cocoa powder. The boys love them!

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      Jenni
      July 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM

      That sounds great, too!

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    Molly
    July 19, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    These look awesome! Can’t wait to try them out.

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    Dora
    July 19, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Can I substitute the honey for maple syrup? These look great!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      July 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM

      You definitely can!

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    Andrea
    July 19, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    These look yummy! Thanks for the opportunity to win prizes!!! 🎉

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    Melissa
    July 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    I just worked out today for the first time in awhile and could definitely have used energy bites to curb my sweet tooth this afternoon. I’ll be making these asap! 🙂

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    July 19, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    I hope I teach my kids to be KIND. Always. Being nice to people can be sure a rare trait these days.

    I have everything for these bites!!!

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      Jenni
      July 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM

      YES! Kindness is so important!

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    Tiff
    August 15, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    I made these yesterday and they are very tasty. Thank you for the recipe. They have the texture of cookie dough without too much sweetness and more nutrition. I would recommend someone try this easy recipe if it’s their first time making protein bites.

    However, I am worried about the raw oats because they are not good for digestion (search “raw oats in protein bites” or “raw oats digestion”). Next time I will try cooking the oats very vigorously until they are dry before adding it with extra protein powder or flax to help the bites form. I have seen uncooked oats in many other protein bite and smoothie recipes. However people should drink a lot of water when eating any uncooked oats and ideally boil the oats first if possible.

    Thank you

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