I am a big fan of grab-and-go snacks – especially in the bite-size form! Not just for me but for my kids too – great to throw in their lunch box or for in-between sports or after school – OK really for any time & anywhere! Adapted from one of my fav bloggers, Pinch of Yum, these are going to be great!
With back-to-school just around the corner for us, I see all the back-to-school snacks lining the aisles and I start to think of ways to make my own healthy snacks. Bites, balls, bars, muffins….my mind is going with so many ideas! I always have a few staple ingredients on hand so making these on the fly gets easy! A few pantry staples I suggest having (I mainly get all mine from Trader Joe’s – best price around!)
Hemp Seeds – a great source of plant protein
Chia Seeds – a great source of Omega 3’s and Fiber
Pumpkin Seeds – a great source of plant protein and Omega’s
Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (Gluten Free) – Trader Joe’s
Assorted mixed nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans….
Dates, honey, pure maple syrup – a great alternate sweetener
A mixture of dried fruits
Chocolate chips – I love Enjoy Life
Coconut Sugar – alternate to brown sugar
Applesauce – alternate to butter
…..I could literally write a whole blog post about healthy baking alternatives! LOL! Hmmm….be on the lookout for that! Ok back to the snacks….
You can see the super seeds in there along with the walnut chunks & oats. As with most of my recipes you can get as creative as you want by adding in other superfoods or switching up your nut variety. You could possibly make this nut-free by swapping in sunflower seeds, although I have not tried this yet. I got about 24 balls with this recipe and have kept them in the fridge as with the chocolate they will get soft and melty. You could possibly freeze them for a longer storage time as well.
I say add these to your rotation of back to school snacks or anytime snacks that you can feel good about! No funny ingredients and you know exactly what is in them! That’s how I like to fuel my body! Also, check out my Fruit & Nut Bars, Super Food Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pumpkin Energy Bites and Banana Bread Bars for more healthy snacking options!
Chocolate Energy Bites
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
- 1.5 cups walnuts
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 8 dates, softened in warm water
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup cocao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
- Add first half of ingredeints (up to the chocolate mix) in a food processor or blender and mix well. Will have a sticky consistency.
- Whisk the chocolate mix ingredients in a separate bowl. Then add to the oats mixture. Blend well together.
- Option to put in the fridge to firm up before rolling into balls. About 20 minutes
- Roll into bite sized balls. Lay on baking sheet and put in the fridge to firm up – about 30 minutes.
- Once firm, transfer to air tight container and keep in fridge or freezer.