Hawaiian Chocolate Mac Energy Bites
Energy Bites or Protein Balls?
Whatever you want to call them, they are delicious and protein and nutrient packed. I have been making these for years for myself, my friends, cooking demos, and whenever I have oats in the pantry. Energy bites are always a big hit, and they are great for a healthy snack on the go.
I love the basic chocolate chip energy bite. It is classic, delicious, and always a winner among the tasters. I wanted to try something a little different this time, but I didn’t know what. I still wanted that chocolate flavor, but it needed something else. Chile powder? Almonds and coconut? Orange rind? They all sounded delicious, but I had my mind on my Aloha Energy Bites I just made, found here.
That was it. Something Hawaiian. It struck me. Chocolate and macadamia nuts. Just like those Hawaiian Host Aloha Macs from Hawaii! I was so excited to try these. Of course the peanut butter adds a different flavor, but they are still so tasty!
Ingredients & Ratios
When making energy bites, I generally stick to the same base and ratios. My base usually includes oats, nut butter, and a sticky natural sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup. I see a lot of recipes that include vanilla, but for some reason I always forget to add it. Still delicious.
The ratio for my base is usually –
1 1/4 cup oats : 1/2 cup nut butter : 1/3 cup sticky sweetener : 1/2 cup add ins
This ratio is no science. It is more of a general guideline, but each recipe is different. You may need more or less of something.
I also like to add ingredients that pack nutrients, like chia seeds (I use this brand), hempseeds, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds. I love adding dried fruits, which can sometimes also have a ton of nutrients. Be careful of dried fruits as they often have lots of added sugar as an ingredient.
Nuts are a great addition because of their nutrients as well as the crunch. A lot of people add protein powder, so I tried it out in these babies. I made sure to find a grass fed whey protein powder with no sugar added, Tera’s Whey is the one I buy. Get it here.
Keep in mind that the whey protein powder absorbs the moisture in your mix. Be sure to keep some honey or maple syrup handy in case you need to add more.
This recipe was one of the easiest ones I’ve made so far. All I had to do was chop up the macadamia nuts. I did use regular dark chocolate chips for the recipe, but I highly recommend using mini chocolate chips because you get more in each bite!
From Dough to Balls
Add all the ingredients to a big bowl and combine with a rubber spatula until it reaches a dough-like consistency. You can use your hands if you want to make sure it is well combined. As they say, hands are a cooks best tools!
Using a small ice cream scoop for consistency, like this set, or your hands, create small bite-size balls. Drop them onto parchment paper to set, or these cute little truffle cups I use. These are perfect for sharing because the bites are stuck to each other and no one has to touch everything. You can even find one to match every season. Mine are from Valentine’s Day, and it’s currently October, but whatever :).
Let them set up in the fridge for an hour or so before packing them up. I usually just put mine in an airtight to-go container. They keep for 3-5 days, but they usually never last that long. I also like to put a sticky note on the lid with the ingredients. So many people have allergies nowadays, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Enjoy your protein bites and a little taste of Hawaii! What do you put into your bites?
Check out these other variations of my energy bites here:
Hawaiian Chocolate Mac 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 Powder or Collagen Protein Powder optional
- 1/4 Cup Macadamia Nuts Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl.
- Combine well with hands or rubber spatula until mixture looks like a dough.
- Form mixture into small balls, rolling between hands to form.
- Place into refrigerator to set for at least an hour.
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.