Diet-Friendly Snack Recipes That Give You an Energy Boost
Energy bites are unbelievably versatile and work wonderfully as a quick breakfast, nutritious pre-workout snack, or as a midday pick-me-up. In addition to being packed with good-for-you foods and fantastic flavor, these energy bites are no-bake and take minimal time to prepare. Healthy ingredients — like cranberries, sweet potatoes, chocolate, oats, coconut, and nuts — can all be used to create these perfectly portioned bites. Ready to make a snack that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized? Here are six must-try recipes.
1. No-Bake Almond-Oat Energy Bites
These no-bake almond-oat energy bites will keep you feeling full for hours. They are chock-full of nutritious ingredients, including rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds, and honey, meaning each tasty bite will provide you with a serving of vitamins and minerals. A ¼-cup serving of rolled oats contains 5 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 10% of your recommended daily amount of iron.
The best part? They’re just as delicious as they are nutritious. In fact, Vegetarian Times promises that these bites won’t disappoint. “If you’ve ever been let down by homemade granola bars that taste a little too . . . um . . . healthy, give these yummy nuggets a try.”
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2. Sweet Potato Energy Bites
Enjoy sweet potato flavors in these energy bites, which are also packed with nuts, seeds, and vibrant spices. 1 cup of sweet potatoes contains 5.6 grams of fiber and a whopping dose of vitamin A. You’ll love how easy it is to prepare these energy bites, too. After combining your ingredients in a food processor, you’ll freeze them for 30 to 45 minutes, and then shape them into snack-size balls.
The Lean Green Bean even lets you adjust the ingredients to suit your sweetness preferences. “I made mine without the maple syrup/honey addition, but I think most people’s taste buds might enjoy a little added sweetener. If you have dates and want to throw some in, go for it. If not, adding a little maple syrup or honey should sweeten them right up.”
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3. Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites
If you’re in the market for a healthy snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth, these low-carb chocolate brownie energy bites are just what you need. They’re sugar-free, grain-free, no-bake, and are full of healthy fats and protein. If you prefer something a little less sweet, we recommend not dipping your bites in this recipe’s chocolate coating. An un-dipped ball has 4.7 grams of carbs and 2.8 grams of fiber, while a chocolate-covered bite has 6.6 grams of carbs and 4.3 grams of fiber.
All Day I Dream About Food’s recipe is perfect for adults and children alike, “The chocolate dipped version were definitely a little more decadent and dessert-like, whereas the plain energy bites were like a quick little snack. My kids adored them and I will definitely be making them again.”
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4. No-Bake Energy Bites
If you’re looking for a bite that tastes similar to cookie dough, look no further. These no-bake energy bites work well as a snack or a quick breakfast and are packed with protein and fiber. They’re also super easy to make. Simply combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, oats, coconut, flaxseed meal, and chocolate chips, chill in the freezer until it sets, and just like that, you’ll have a healthy treat that will help get you through the afternoon.
Cooking Classy’s Jaclyn describes these beautiful bites as “a snack that passes as healthy but tastes good enough that it could replace your dessert! So who wouldn’t love this recipe?” She says, “They remind me of something like a granola bar and even more so of a peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough.”
We can’t wait to head to the kitchen to whip up a batch of these nutrient-rich bites!
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5. Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
Thanks to these pumpkin pie energy bites, you can pretend it’s fall year round. Paleo Grub’s bites are almost dessert-like and work wonderfully as a healthy treat to enjoy after lunch. “Eating one or two for dessert satisfies my sweet cravings without any guilt, since they are also healthy for me. The right mixture of dates, pecans, pumpkin purée, and coconut flakes gives the balls an almost cookie dough-like texture as you bite into them. This mixture also loads each bite with fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients.”
In addition, these energy bites are vegan, gluten-free, and require no baking. Simply blend the ingredients together, place it in the refrigerator, and when it is set, go ahead and form your mini balls. This is sweet snacking at its finest.
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6. Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites
Chopped dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds, oats, pistachios, and cranberries create nutritious energy bites that are filled with fantastic flavor. You just need to use a quick processor to make Ali’s (Gimme Some Oven) recipe, or “the willingness to do some chopping and stirring to whip these up,” she says. “I loved the sweet and slightly salty combination of the fruit and nuts. And for fun, I also threw in a few white chocolate chips to brighten things up.”
The nice thing about this recipe is that you can play around with the ingredients to suit your tastebuds’ preferences. If you love cranberries but could do without as many pistachios, feel free to adjust accordingly. These easy-to-make bite-size snacks stay good for up to 2 weeks if stored in the refrigerator, although we highly doubt they’ll last that long!
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