4 o'clock No-bake Energy Bites

4 o'clock No-bake Energy Bites

Energy bites aren't a new thing, but if you're a person that grabs commercial power bars regularly, and you're not already on board, give these a try as a DIY alternative. I make them for a 4 o'clock late afternoon snack to reach for when I'm at the studio, but they're also a great travel option. Kids love them. Adults love them. The best part is that you're in control of the ingredients, and they're a breeze to make. That said, I deploy a few, small, but (I'll argue) significant personal preferences when I set out to make energy bites. Most recipes tend to use raw coconut flakes, and raw oats. I find a light toasting of both is worth the slight extra effort. I also like chia seeds here, and tend to use them as my seed of choice, but I first beat them up in a mortar and pestle a bit before adding them to the mix. Also, feel free to swap things up a bit - trade in alternate seeds, use whatever sweetener you prefer, add spices if you like, or an alternative nut butter, or keep things simple, and just go with this version - Enjoy! ---I posted the recipe here---....


A quick side note, I make these with whatever nut butter I have on hand. Typically peanut or almond butter, but in the video up above you'll see sunflower seed butter. All great!

No-bake Energy Bites
No-bake Energy Bites

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I keep meaning to make things like these, and love the tip about roasting the oats and coconut first. Definitely going to give these a try.

Helen Tarver

Hi there.

I'm not a big fan of coconut. Is there something I could substitute or can I just leave it out?


Do you recommend a substitute for coconut flakes??


I'm curious -- Why do you grind the chia? Is it necessary to release their nutrients (like I think is the case with flaxseed), or is it just because you prefer the texture?


Thanks for the recipe - we are traveling soon and this looks like a healthier alternative to the snacks one can usually get int he airport! On another note, would love to see an easy print option at QK the way you have it on 101CB...any plans for this?


Now that school is out, I need to make something like this and perhaps instill a taste for a healthier kind of snack. Making out the shopping list now.

Taste of France

These sound fab - any chance you have recommendations for non-grain replacement of the oats? I've recently learned grains are a no no for me but everything else is okay. Thanks much in advance!


These are really, really tasty. Just enough sweet and not mushy like most no-bake granola snacks. I think the toasting is essential.


This looks delicious! I will def make them over the weekend. Btw: I often go to your site for inspiration:-)

Anne Sundhed

I made these with slivered almond instead of coconut flakes and they turned out awesome!

Frances Darwin

These were great and the kids loved them! Thanks!


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