5 No-Bake Energy Bites That Make Snacking Smarter

Make five easy variations on one base recipe for a healthy snack that's anything but boring.

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If your New Year's resolution consisted of cutting out unhealthy foods, you may be struggling to find a satisfying snack that's both healthy and easy to take on the go.

Energy bites may not seem like a substantial snack, but these tiny snacks pack a lot of flavor and nutrients. Make our easy base recipe (no refined sugar added!), and try one of our variations to keep you full and on track to a healthier you.

Watch the video below for the recipes.

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Snack smarter on the go with these five delicious recipes for Energy Bites.

 ENERGY BITES / BASE RECIPE

Smooth medjool date paste.

Smooth medjool date paste.

Make date paste by processing 20 medjool dates in a food processor until it reaches a smooth consistency similar to caramel. Place date paste in a bowl, and combine with the following ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2 tbs. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

The base recipe tastes great on its own, so you can roll into one-inch balls and refrigerate overnight, or try one of our variations below. (This recipe makes about 40 energy balls.)

 BASE RECIPE + PEANUT BUTTER-CHOCOLATE

Place a portion of the base recipe into a bowl, then add one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder until combined. Roll into one-inch balls and refrigerate overnight.

 BASE RECIPE + COOKIE DOUGH

Place a portion of the base recipe into a bowl, then add the following ingredients until combined:

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs. agave
  • 1 tbs. chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • pinch of salt

Roll into one-inch balls and refrigerate overnight.

 BASE RECIPE + MANGO-CITRUS NUT

Place a portion of the base recipe into a bowl, then add the following ingredients until combined:

Ingredients

  • 3 pieces dried mango, soaked until soft, chopped
  • 2 tbs. cashews, ground and roasted
  • 1 tbs. shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/2 tsp. lime zest
  • pinch of salt

Roll into one-inch balls and refrigerate overnight.

 BASE RECIPE + COCONUT ALMOND

Place a portion of the base recipe into a bowl, then add the following ingredients until combined:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2 tbs. ground almond, roasted
  • 1 tbs. agave
  • pinch of salt

Roll into one-inch balls and refrigerate overnight.

 BASE RECIPE + BERRIES 'N CREAM

Place a portion of the base recipe into a bowl, then add the following ingredients until combined:

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. ground cashews, roasted
  • 2 tbs. dried assorted berries, ground in food processor
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla almond milk

Roll into one-inch balls and refrigerate overnight.

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