Gluten-Free Energy Bites

energy bites

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Yummy Energy Bites


I’m not lying when I say these energy bites curb my sugar cravings better than any dessert has been lately. This is not dessert slander because, let’s be real, dessert is the best part of any day. BUT these little energy bites are making a big impact on what I eat and how I feel.

Full transparency: this recipe was not what I was planning on posting for this week. It was actually my backup! My original idea is taking more perfecting and tweaking than I anticipated, but I’m so glad it worked out that way — I’m super pumped to share my success with these bites. And now, I can take my time with my other idea so I can be ready to share that, too.

energy bites
There are so many tasty ingredients in there! Not to mention, the bite-sized shape makes it a breeze to eat anywhere.

All you need for the energy bites are pitted dates, oats, and any other fillings you like (think snacky things that would be good with sweet breakfasts or desserts). I used Deglet Noor dates, gluten-free rolled oats, mixed nut butter, dark chocolate chips, sea salt, and nutmeg for mine. And I love how it turned out!

My favorite part about energy bites is how easy they are to make. It’s the opposite of time-consuming, which makes it an ideal on-the-go snack, breakfast, or dessert. They’re full of energizing ingredients so they work as a solid breakfast treat or midday pick-me-up. But the sweetness of the dates and chocolate chips make them satisfying enough to pass for dessert after dinner. You really can’t go wrong with these!

energy bites
Even Johnny, notorious oat-hater, loved these! So much so, he was willing to model them for this post.

I definitely want to experiment with more flavors down the line, but I already know that these are going to be a staple in my day-to-day. And don’t be discouraged if you’re not an oatmeal fan — these are more like cookies anyways. Energy bites might just be the low maintenance snack you’ve been looking for!

Gluten-Free Energy Bites Recipe

energy bites

Gluten-Free Energy Bites

Just as good as dessert, but with lots of energizing nutrients to get your day going.
Prep Time 5 mins
Chilling Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 bites

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¼ cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup nut butter
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor or blender, process the dates until very finely chopped
  • Add in the oats, nut butter, dark chocolate, sea salt, and nutmeg. Process again until all ingredients are fully incorporated, scraping own the sides of the food processor as needed
  • Scoop mixture (about a spoonful) into your hand and form a ball. Place on a lined baking tray
  • Chill the energy bites in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, and store in the fridge in a sealed bag or airtight container. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The flavors of these bites are super customizable — just keep dates and oats as the base. You can add so many tasty things like lemon zest, dried fruits, crushed pretzels, protein powder, etc. 
  • I use a mixed nut butter from Trader Joe’s that I’ve been liking a little more than peanut butter lately. It’s not as sweet but is packed with flavor that I find more versatile. Use any nut butter here or omit completely — you can add seeds instead if you prefer
Keyword affordable vegan, no-bake, sweet treat

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