Holiday Energy Bites
Energy Bites with a Taste of the Holidays
I have been really into making energy bites lately. Energy bites, protein balls, healthy snack bites, whatever you want to call them. I love them. And I have been spoiling Brad’s work because there is no way I can eat all these bites by myself! It’s okay, he loves his new job so I’m happy to feed them!
It is October, fall is here, and the holidays are approaching. I wanted to make something with a little holiday flavor, so I thought that cranberries, almonds and cinnamon would do it. Here are some other holiday flavor combinations you can try:
- Dried cranberries and ginger
- Pumpkin spice
- Hazelnut & Chocolate
- Peppermint and Chocolate – I can’t quite figure out how to get peppermint in the bites without being unhealthy – any ideas?
- Dried apples and cinnamon
- Orange zest with cinnamon and ginger
I’d love to hear of some other holiday flavors, comment with your favorites below!
I’ve made energy bites with pureed pumpkin, but I’m really not a fan of the consistency of them. They are messy, difficult to bind, and don’t taste as good as the peanut butter base. But that’s just me. Try it for yourself! If you have nut allergies, you can always use sun butter and seeds instead.
Ingredients & Ratios
I use a base of oats, peanut butter and honey. My ratio is usually:
1 to 1/14 cups of oats : 1/2 cup nut butter : 1/3 cup honey/syrup : 1/2 cup add ins
There is no exact measurement here, 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 also add ingredients with nutrients and protein, too. Chia seeds, flaxseeds, hempseeds, pumpkin seeds, dried fruits and nuts are great options. I tried whey protein powder in these, just to pump up the protein. Be sure to stick with no sugar-added protein powder. If you are missing the vanilla or chocolate taste from your protein powder, you can add vanilla or cocoa powder to the energy bites.
In most of my energy bite recipes, I add all the ingredients in the bowl at the same time. With this recipe, I wanted to be sure to incorporate the cinnamon evenly. I combined the cinnamon with the oats and mixed until the cinnamon coated the oats evenly.
Once the cinnamon and oats were combined, I added the dried cranberries. Chopping the cranberries is good because you get more per bite and smaller pieces. Add them in with the oats because the powder from the oats coats them, keeping them from clumping together.
Add in the rest of the ingredients. I used sliced almonds and chopped them up a bit more, but you can use chopped almonds too. Combine the mixture using a rubber spatula or your hands. As they hands, hands are a cooks best tool! Mix until you get a dough-like consistency.
I like to use a small ice cream scoop to get consistent, even sized balls (I have this set from Amazon for any size scoop you need). You can always eyeball it. Truffle cups or mini baking cups are great for these. They add for a nice presentation, and keep the bites from sticking to each other. Mine are from Valentine’s Day, but you can find some plain white ones like this, or other holiday themes.
These bites are so easy and quick to make. I love to take them as snacks on the go, set them out for my friends and coworkers to try, or even give them as healthy Christmas gifts instead of cookies! Just an idea, I know everyone prefers cookies 🙂
If you do set them out for coworkers or give them as gifts, I always like to put on a note on the lid with the ingredients. So many people have allergies nowadays, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Check out my other variations here:
Holiday 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 Powder optional
- 1/4 Cup Almonds sliced or chopped
- 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
- In a large bowl, combine oats and cinnamon and mix.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well with a rubber spatula or hands until the mixture looks like a dough.
- Form into small balls.
- Place in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour before eating.
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.