I’ve got a treat for you today that involves a new obsession. Are you looking for quick, on-the-go snack ideas? A healthy topping for your salad, oatmeal or yogurt? Something to have pre/post workout? Snack for the children? Or even a light, healthy snack before bed?
Well, this recipe will change your life.
Because it checks off the boxes for ALL of the above.
You know what else has changed my life? My food processor. It does all the work for me. Especially since it broke and Kitchen Aid sent me a replacement. Pretty awesome customer service. If you’re in the market for one of these babes, my vote would be this one.
Now, these energy bites are no bake and culminate many of my favorite ingredients. We’ve got hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, oats and peanut butter in these guys.
You’ll just mix all of the ingredients together, pulse for a few minutes and you’re done! Look at all that goodness!
The great thing about these trail mix bites is that they are:
- nutrient dense
- totally portable
- easy to freeze for later
- a great accompaniment to any lunch box
In my opinion, all lunchboxes should have one of these for every day of the week.
Except when Ed takes 6 to eat at once, and then I don’t have one for every day of the week. It’s a tragedy when that happens. I really need to find a secret hiding spot in the house so I can save these just for me.
Shhhh – our little secret.
With only natural ingredients, these energy bites are free from all the processed stuff and hard-to-pronounce chemicals. The variety of seeds give you necessary healthy fats, including both omega-3 and omega-6’s, and are a great source of plant-based protein! They offer a widerange of other nutrients too, including vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, yadda yadda yadda. These are all important things!
And let’s talk about the dried cherries – they are fantastic. I always have some dried fruit on hand for long runs (instant glucose!), and I had this almost-gone bag of dried cherries to use (I love this brand – no added sugar or oil, cherries only!). I figured they would be perfect to add a tart, yet sweet taste to these bites, and they were! It’s like a peanut butter cherry jelly mini cookie.
My favorite part of all, these trail mix bites are vegan and gluten free, so hopefully they can appeal to all of your besties. Invite the gals over for book club or for Jojo and the Bachelorette, bring out the vino, and serve these for snacks.
Finally, just make sure to allow these guys to sit in the fridge to firm them up a bit, but they can be ready in under an hour!
- 1 cup oats (use gluten-free oats if need to be gluten-free)
- ¼ cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- ¼ cup ground flax
- 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup dried cherries
- Stir all ingredients in a medium bowl or pulse in a food processor on low. Cover and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes to make the mixture easier to hold and handle.
- Form into 1” balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.
- *Note - you may need to add extra honey or maple syrup if the mix seems too dry.
I used these hemp seeds.
Well, Ed told me that these are “his” mini cookies. Hmmm…My alternate title was “mini no-bake cookies with a nutritional punch,” but I didn’t think they would stick as much. What do you think?
Each bite comes in at about 120 calories with 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. I made mine about an inch in diameter, but you can make them bigger or smaller to meet your needs.
What do you put seeds on? Favorite seed? I love sunflower seeds and hemp seeds! I literally put them on everything from salads to yogurt.
What’s your favorite dried fruit? I think the only dried fruit I really ever buy are dates or dried mango (that stuff is addicting!)