Aloha Energy Bites
Energy Bites, Protein Balls, Power Snacks
You name it. They have tons of different names, ingredients and flavors. Here, it’s a toss up between protein balls and energy bites. Either way, they are healthy, taste great and are packed with protein and other nutrients. These no-bake snacks are super easy to make and take wherever you go. I also love to have them out in the office for my co-workers. They can’t get enough of them! These snacks are packed with energy boosting ingredients like peanut butter, oats, chia seeds and protein powder.
When I make energy bites, I generally stick with nut butter, oats and honey as my base. Sometimes I like to use pure maple syrup instead of honey. This time I used natural peanut butter with no added, sugar, oats and honey.
Keep in mind that the honey adds enough sweet to the bites, instead of sugar-filled peanut butter. The honey or maple syrup in necessary to hold the bites together, so it’s better to skip out on the regular peanut butter.
I like to use natural peanut butter because no sugar is added, and it has runnier consistency. The runny consistency helps with absorbing the whey protein powder, if you decide to use it. This also means you should find a whey protein powder with no added sugar, like the one I use here.
Don’t forget to pack a healthy boost by adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, or other seeds and ingredients full of nutrients!
Flavors & Measurements
My ratio is usually 1 to 1/14 cups of oats : 1/2 cup nut butter : 1/3 cup honey/syrup. These don’t have exact measurements, you can totally eyeball it. Once your mixture comes to a dough-like consistency, or sticks together into a ball, you’re golden. If you are using whey protein powder, you may need to add a little more honey to help everything stick together.
I love to get creative with flavors in these bites. Chocolate chips always taste great, but I wanted something fun and different this time. I wanted to make a Hawaiian-inspired energy bite.
Here is what I came up with: shredded coconut, dried pineapple, and macadamia nuts. If that doesn’t scream Hawaii, please tell me what flavors do. I also came up with Hawaiian Chocolate Mac Energy Bites here, which uses chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
You can put your favorite flavors in these bites, no matter what they are. All dried fruits are a go. All nuts work, too. Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and I’m sure even caramel chips would work. But let’s try to keep these things a wee bit healthy, aye? They are still tasty, I promise!
Easy & Healthy Snacks
These snacks are so easy to make. They don’t require baking, and the most I ever have to do is chop, mix and roll. For these snacks, I bought shredded coconut, dried sweetened pineapple, and macadamia nuts. I recommend finding dried pineapple that isn’t sweetened, the less added sugar the better. All I had to do was chop up the macadamia nuts and pineapple.
I added all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stirred everything with a rubber spatula. Once it reaches a dough-like consistency, you can start forming the balls. I like to use small ice cream scoops like these because each ball is the same size. You can also measure free-hand. Whatever works best for you. The size of mine are usually two-biters.
My mom is moving this week and came across some truffle cups in her pantry, so I took them. They are perfect for these energy bites, especially if you are giving them to friends. Otherwise, they can all stick together and make it hard to grab. You can get truffle cups for every holiday season, or just plain colored ones like these here.
When I am setting them out for people to grab, I also like to put a note with the ingredients on them. So many people have allergies nowadays, it’s better to be safe than sorry. This way, people aren’t asking you all day what you put in them!
What do you like to put in your energy bites?
Check out my other energy bite variations here:
Aloha Energy Bites
- 1 1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 Cup Natural Nut Butter no sugar added
- 1/3 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds optional
- 1 Scoop Whey Protein or Collagen Protein Optional
- 2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut unsweetened
- 2 Tbsp Dried Pineapple chopped
- 2 Tbsp Macadamia Nuts chopped
- Add all ingredients into a bowl.
- Combine well with hands or rubber spatula until mixture looks like a dough.
- Form into small bite-sized balls.
- Place into refrigerator to set for at least an hour before eating.
- Store in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to 7 days.