“No Bake Energy Bites”
When you’re trying to watch your weight, sweets can be a huge obstacle. Especially during the holidays! We’re surrounded by cookies, cake, candy, holiday peeps, sugary Starbucks drinks, and that isn’t even the half of it. They laugh at you as you pass them at Holiday parties and in the aisles at the grocery store. They know how badly you want them! But don’t let them win (every time).
This recipe will satisfy your chocolate and sweet tooth cravings while providing healthy complex carbohydrates, some protein, and fiber! All the while being naturally sweetened.
This is a no-bake recipe so it is college-student friendly. In other words: you don’t need to worry about finding an oven if you’re in a dorm. You don’t need to worry about burning your place down if you’re in an apartment. You don’t need to worry if baking isn’t your strong suit. These treats are also great to grab when you are on the run to class.
To learn how to make the “No Bake Energy Bites” here with this video!
Per 1” bite the basic nutrition is:
Calories average – 100
Protein average – 2.5 g
Carbs average – 13 g
-If the mixture is on the drier side and hard to shape, add some more honey and peanut butter.
-If the mixture is too liquid-y add more oats
-Coconut flakes or chocolate chips are a good sweet addition if you want to branch out!
- Oats – Contain a specific fiber known as beta-glucan. Oats help prevent heart disease and diabetes.
2. Peanut Butter – Contains protein and potassium (which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease). It also contains fiber which regulates your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium, which fortifies bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
3. Honey – Naturally sweet and contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties giving it both medicinal and nutritional value
4. Flaxseeds – A rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-Linolenic acid.
5. Chia seeds – Packed full of important nutrients, they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. They have been shown to improve complexion, increase energy, and aid in weight loss. (They are easily added to smoothies as well.)
6. Cocoa powder – Contrary to popular belief, not all chocolate is bad for you! Only the kinds loaded with fat and sugar, neither of which are purely unsweetened cocoa powder that you use in this recipe. Cocoa powder has antidepressant effects; cocoa contains the substance phenethylamine, which is a neurotransmitter found in the brain that acts as a mood elevator. Cocoa has also been observed to have the ability to boost endorphins.
Chocolate is our friend till the end. Sugar is not.