Tuesday, January 19, 2016

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Nutella Energy Bites

For years, my go-to "healthy" snack was LARABARS. I loved them because they contain only a few, legible ingredients; they're tasty; and there are a ton of flavors, making my weekly haul consistently varied. But as time went on, I began to discover that LARABARS never filled me up - they do have quite a bit of [natural] sugar in them. And, as an extra bummer, they're also quite expensive.

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Nutella Energy Bites | A Hoppy Medium

Over the last few weeks, I've become especially interested in finding a more satiating (and cheaper) alternative. So, when I stumbled upon these No-Bake Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven, I was immediately inspired.

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Nutella Energy Bites | A Hoppy Medium

I tweaked the recipe to include what I already had in my kitchen, while still keeping these bites healthy and low on sugar. I also added just a teeny bit of Nutella for flavor, but the peanut butter and oatmeal are the stars here. These have been the perfect treat to pop before or after a workout, and have also been enjoyed with a cup of coffee as I try and wake up my brain for the work day.

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Nutella Energy Bites
Yields: 12 balls
-1 cup old-fashioned oats
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
-1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (or smooth, if you prefer)
-1 teaspoon Nutella
-2 tablespoons honey
-Pinch of sea salt

1.) Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
2.) Once chilled, roll into balls about 1-1.5" in diameter. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Nutella Energy Bites | A Hoppy Medium

Easy to make, packed with protein, and tastes like a treat? Count me in!

What's your favorite pre- or post-workout snack to have?