I have been making a version of these energy bites since before my first baby, Raleigh, was born. I made these in anticipation of needing an extra boost during labor, and then made a slightly edited version to help maintain my milk supply while breastfeeding. These are a *favorite* snack in our home – my husband requests them often! After I shared on Instagram that I had made a fresh batch, I got a lot of questions from friends asking what my recipe is. So while I don’t have photos of the process, I am happy to share my *very easy* go-to recipe with you!
- 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk/dark chocolate, or even white chocolate work great!)
- Pinch of ground sea salt
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1 1/4 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter (substitute the nut butter of your choice, if you’d like!)
- 2 tablespoons honey (maple syrup is also a great choice, but you truly can’t beat local honey, if you’ve got it)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
I find it easiest to mix the dry ingredients together and the wet ingredients together in separate bowls, then integrate in one large bowl. It helps to use a spatula coated in coconut oil to evenly mix the items, but feel free to get your (clean) hands in there to help fully combine. Your “dough” is ready, and you just need to roll individual balls, then place on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet to be chilled in fridge or freezer. Once they’re chilled (after just a couple hours), store them covered in the fridge.
Tip: If you’re having trouble getting your dough to stay in the ball-shape, then your nut butter may be too warm or runny. Chill your dough for a bit before trying again.