“PB” + Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

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This is a deluxe healthy treat if I’ve ever had one.  I am loving these little darlings.

My recipe is inspired by the recipe from Cooking Classy.  I gave this recipe a few modifications to upgrade it’s nutrition.  The original recipe calls for peanut butter and I’ve swapped it for almond butter because almond butter is a more nutritious and cleaner option.  For those who still prefer to use peanut butter, choose a 100% pure peanut butter that doesn’t contain the refined sugar and hydrogenated oils that conventional brands like Kraft or Skippy do.  I also offer a few nut free suggestions in place of the nut butter for the kids school lunches.

Here’s how to get this one done:

“PB” + Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

1/2 cup almond butter (School-friendly option: use sunflower or soy “wow” butter)

1/3 cup raw unpasteurized honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup old fashioned oats

2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

1/2 cup whole chia seeds (*This was a great swap because they make the bites crunchy…yum!… whereas ground flax would not add that.)

6 tbsp dairy free, gluten free chocolate chips

Assembly: Stir everything together.  Refrigerate to harden.  With damp hands, shape into balls.  Makes about 20.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  Try not to eat them all. 😉

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2 comments

  1. Danielle Smith · March 23, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this with all your followers, it has been a much loved favourite in our house for years now and is a recipe that warrants sharing for sure……two thumbs up by all five members in our house! I wanted to share another way to tweak this recipe into a nut free option for schools that we all love as well. I just use tahini (sesame butter) to replace the nut butter and I find adding a little cinnamon makes it even tastier with this type of butter.

    • Dr. Laura Imola, BSc, ND (Licensed) · March 23, 2015

      Hey Danielle,

      It IS a great recipe! Thanks for your suggestions! 🙂

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