When I came across this recipe for HomemadeÂ Energy Bites, I knew we had to try them. Â Buying granola bars, fig bars, energy bars, can become costly, but these little guys, you know exactly what you are putting into them, and for a fraction of the cost. Â How yummy do they look, and with whole ingredients, and you don’t even have to bake them, which in this summer heat is a HUGE plus to not have to use your oven!! Â (I did toast the coconut, but I made these at 7 am, so it didn’t heat up my kitchen too much…) Â My kids and my husband LOVE these, and I am glad I doubled it the first time I made them, as they were gone in a matter of days! Â Perfect for a quick snack on the go, or even a sweet little treat. Â Makes about 20 in a single batch.
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled
1/2 cup ground golden flax seed meal
6 Tbsp mini-chocolate chips
Start by toasting your coconut. Â In a 350 degree oven, toast a single layer of shredded coconut on a cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Â Let cool.
While coconut is toasting, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl.
Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until set. Â I kept mine in there for about 10 minutes.
Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Â Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.