No-Bake Energy Bites

Remember those sinfully delicious No-Bake Cookies from your childhood.  The chocolaty, peanut butter goodness that melted in your fingers and was loaded with calories, fat and sugar. They were honestly the only good thing to come out of the school cafeteria in the days of subsidized cheese and rectangular sausage pizza.

Now you can indulge with all of the flavor, but with a plant-based, high-protein treat void of massive amounts of sugar and calories.  You won’t feel guilty indulging on these treats after a tough workout or when you just need that small “bite of sweet.” When your co-workers head to the vending machine, you can celebrate that you won’t be deprived or tempted to follow them. These no-bake bites will give you that mid-day energy boost without the rapid drop caused by refined carbs. There are also variations if you want a vegan or peanut-free option.

These are great to make and freeze in a zip-loc freezer bag or plastic container to pull out as you need or pack in a lunch bag.  They also travel well, so pop a couple in your carry-on bag rather than hitting the airport cinnamon roll or froyo counter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Prep time:  20 min.
Servings:  36 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal – uncooked
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup crunchy natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Puremark Naturals Chocolate Vegan Protein
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Stir together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and place covered  in the refrigerator for an hour. Remove and roll into small bite-sized balls.  A melon baller will ensure perfect-sized, uniform treats. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for a quick bite of energy and sweetness.

Variations:

Vegan:  Replace 1/3 cup honey with agave nectar.  Be sure your chocolate chips are dark or vegan.

Peanut allergy friendly:  Replace natural peanut butter with crunchy almond butter or cashew butter.  – You may need to add a little more honey or agave nectar to adjust.  Almond butter can have a drier consistency than peanut butter.

Garnish: Roll balls in crushed nuts or coconut flakes.

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