Peanut Butter Energy Bites, quick and easy to make, are a healthy portable snack after practice or a work-out.
With two teens and one pre-teen in athletics, we go through a lot of snacks in our home. Right now, we’re in the midst of basketball season with a number of tournaments coming up soon. In a few days, I’ll be at the courts coaching my daughter’s team and watching my 6’ 8” son play his games in between. With a minimum of three games each, probably more like four or five depending on how well they do, these kids need to refuel between games.
On days like this, healthy portable snacks are essential. We don’t have much time for meals so we load up our cooler with things like peeled and sectioned mandarin oranges, bananas, string cheese, yogurt, chocolate milk, lots of water, and these Peanut Butter Energy Bites.
They are quick and easy to make, just seven ingredients. Old-fashioned oats give a dose of whole grain goodness. Peanut butter, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds add protein and a little crunch. Dried cherries and honey provide needed carbohydrate for a high-energy day; and of course there are dark chocolate chips for added flavor – and because who doesn’t like a little chocolate in their day? You can even drizzle little melted chocolate on top if you like to dress them up a bit.
My kids and their teammates love these peanut butter energy bites. When I bring them for a treat after practice, there are rarely any left. It’s easy to grab a couple and pop them in your mouth for a quick, healthy snack after practice or a work out.
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Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- 1 c. old fashioned oats
- 1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c. dried cherries
- 3 Tbsp. honey
- 1/4 c. dark chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients in a food processor.
- Pulse until ingredients are combined and you can easily form a ball with the mixture when pressed together. This should take just a minute or two.
- Form 1" balls. Place in an air tight container, layers separated by parchment paper or waxed paper, and refrigerate for up to a week.