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12 Heavenly Energy Bites to Beat the Afternoon Slump

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Updated on January 12, 2024

We love those days when our mornings are pretty productive. You wake feeling invigorated and ready to seize the day. You have planned your day ahead, set your priorities straight, and are ready to tick them off one after one. Only until it’s noon time, and you suddenly can’t seem to have the slightest energy to carry out the simplest of tasks. We know the frustration! It happens to all of us. 

While a cup of coffee can be a great energy booster, there are times when it only gives you anxiety and an increased heart rate. Thus, we’re here to show our gratitude for the delightful concept of energy bites that have been around for a while. These little energy bites go by several names, including protein bites, energy balls, power balls, and really lots of different names. 

They’re really small treats that you can devour in one bite and are packed with lots of protein and other significant nutrients essential to replenish your body and boost your energy. These heavenly energy bite treats come in different blasting flavours and can be eaten at any time throughout the day to help you ignite your focus and unleash your potential.

The best part? They’re homemade, hassle-free, pretty scrumptious, and can be ready in a snap with minimal effort. So, get ready to awaken your taste buds and take them on an irresistible culinary adventure with these delectable energy bite recipes. 

1. Caramel Delight Energy Bites

Caramel is always a delicious flavour to indulge in during your afternoon. It’s even better mixed with dark chocolate, toasted coconut, and oats for an ultimate fibre-laden boost. These caramel-flavoured energy bites will take no more than a mere 15 minutes to be ready for you to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • ½ cup of unsweetened almond butter (no salt added)
  • ¼ cup of caramel sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 6 tablespoons of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions:

1- In a medium bowl, add the caramel sauce, almond butter, salt, 3 tablespoons of coconut and another 3 chocolate chips. Stir them together until combined. 

2- Use a scoop to remove some of the mixture and roll it into small balls to make energy bites.

3- Place your rolled balls on a baking sheet

4- Add the remaining coconut to a skillet and cook it over medium heat. Make sure to stir it often to avoid burning it. When it turns golden brown, transfer it to a shallow bowl. 

5- Roll the balls into the toasted coconut to add a nice crunchy coat.

6. Now, put the remaining chocolate chips into the microwave for 30 seconds until it melts.

7. Transfer the melted chocolate into a small plastic bag and cut off the tip, then drizzle some over the balls. Let it sit before transferring it to the refrigerator. 

8. After a couple of hours, you have your energy bite treats ready!

2. Cocoa Pistachio Energy Balls

Pistachio is not only crunchy and palatable, but it’s also a great source of energy. Adding pistachio to your little energy bite is wise and recommended. Another way to take the flavour of your little treats up a notch is to add a chocolatey appeal. This snack is perfect for any time of the day, especially during the sluggish afternoons. You can also pack them for a quick jogging session. 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of shelled pistachios (salted)
  • ½ cup of almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Instructions:

1- Take your food processor out and add all the ingredients together. 

2- Pulse several times until they’re finely chopped, and the mixture is crumbly.

3- Damp your hands a little before pressing the mixture into balls so that they won’t stick.

4- Roll the mixture into balls, then place them in a storage container. 

5- Let it freeze in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. 

6- Serve and enjoy. 

3. Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter is always the perfect go-to snack. But instead of opting for your usual PB & J sandwich, it’s time to incorporate it into some healthy energy bites. These little balls of peanut butter are so mouthwatering and soft that it melts in your mouth, creating a heavenly ambience for your taste buds. Though they’re known to be old-fashioned, they never go outdated!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 and 1/3 of graham crackers (crushed)
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening

Instructions:

1- Combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, crushed graham crackers, and butter in a medium bowl. Beat them well until a mixture is formed. 

2- Shape the mixture into little balls and let them chill for 30 minutes or more. 

3- Add the shortening and chocolate chips in a double boiler and microwave them until they completely melt. 

4- Take your energy balls out of the refrigerator and dip them into the chocolate mixture until they’re utterly coated. 

5- Place them on a baking sheet, then back them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets. 

4. Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

Coconut and chocolate are fascinating flavours that will captivate your taste buds when they come together to form a mesmerising fusion. This super easy recipe will give you a seemingly basic energy bite, but the results go way beyond expectations. Be prepared to satisfy your cravings and take your taste buds on a delightful journey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 15 Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of mini chocolate cups

Instructions:

1- Place the almonds into the food processor, then process on high until it’s finely crumbled. 

2- Add all of the other ingredients into the processor and process until well combined. 

3- Squeeze a scoop of the dough into a ball. 

4- Roll the balls into the shredded coconut, then place on a baking sheet. 

5- Place the delicious energy bites in the refrigerator for a few hours

6- Serve and enjoy!

5. 4-Ingredient Nutty Cashew Energy Bites

Nuts possess lots of nutritional properties and are super energy boosters. Not only are they palatable treats, but they also harbour a magnificent amount of fats and other nutrients. They are perfect when eaten raw, but they also make nourishing ingredients when combined together for marvellous energy bite recipes. Ergo, it’s time you make room in your refrigerator for these super nutty treats.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of raw cashew
  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds 
  • 1/3 cup of natural nut butter (almond, peanut butter, pecan, cashew)
  • 8-10 Medjool Dates

Instructions:

1- In a food processor, place the raw nuts, nut butter, and dates (without the pits)

2- Process the ingredients together for 3 to 5 minutes until they turn into a thick paste.

3- Press the paste together to form small round balls. 

4- Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours until the mixture sets.

5- Serve and enjoy!

6. S’mores Energy Bites

S’more is a timeless dessert that has often been synonymous with camping adventures, considering the toasted marshmallow blended with the melted chocolate and sandwiched between the crunchy graham crackers. This delightful snack can serve as a satisfying midday snack that you can devour in just a bite or two. You can also make sure you pack it with enough protein so it’s enough to appease your hunger and give you the energy boost you’re looking for.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of creamy nut butter
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 8 graham crackers (crushed to crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows

Instructions:

1- In a medium bowl, toss all of the ingredients together, with only 1/4 of the graham cracker crumbs and exclude the marshmallows.

2- Stir them well until they utterly combine.

3- Add the rest of the graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl.

4- Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture, add a marshmallow in the centre, add some more mixture, and roll the whole thing into a ball. 

5- Coat the balls with the graham cracker by rolling them into the crumbs. 

6- Repeat until the mixture is over, then let it chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. 

7- Serve and enjoy!

7. Coconut Matcha Energy Balls

Matcha has taken the culinary scene by storm in the last few years. If you happen to be a matcha aficionado, it’s time you add it to your delightful little energy bites. Combing matcha and coconut goes a long way in offering you a snack brimming with health benefits. This recipe is also entirely vegan, gluten-free, and, the best part, requires no baking! So get ready for a quick and pleasant energy fix. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 2 teaspoons of matcha powder
  • 1 cup of dried coconut
  • 3/4 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of water

Instructions:

1- Add all the ingredients together in a large food processor and pulse until a paste is formed.

2- Roll a spoonful of the mixture into a ball with your hands. Repeat until the mixture is finished

3- Optional Step: In two small bowls, add some more matcha powder and desiccated coconut separately. Take turns to roll the balls into one of the bowls to have an outer coat of either coconut or matcha powder.

4- Place the balls on a plate or a baking sheet, then chill for at least 2 hours until firm.

5- Serve and enjoy!

8. Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls

Looking for a convenient snack to boost your energy? Look no further than the heavenly blend of chocolate and hazelnut — a match made in heaven from wholesome ingredients to nourish your body. This recipe pretty much resembles the renowned chocolate balls of Ferrero Rocher with a bit healthier twist to cater to your dietary needs. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups of raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 5-6 Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Instructions:

1- Set aside 1/4 cup of raw hazelnuts for the coating before starting. 

2- Preheat oven to 350 F.

3- Place the hazelnuts in the oven for 10 minutes until they’re toasted, then remove and place on a damp towel to rub their skin off. 

4- Now toss the toasted hazelnuts into the food processor and pulse. Make sure you don’t pulse too much so they’re only chopped into small pieces, not turned into a powder. 

5- Toss the rest of the ingredients into the food processor to combine with the hazelnuts.

6- Pulse until everything is thoroughly combined, then add the 2 tablespoons of water to make the paste sticky.

7- Scoop a spoonful of the mixture into your hand and roll it into small balls. Repeat until you finish the whole mixture. 

8- Chop the 1/4 cup of hazelnut into small pieces and roll the balls into them to coat. 

9- Let the balls chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.

10. Serve and enjoy!

9. Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

It’s definitely still summery and sunny, but why not immerse yourself in the cosy ambience of autumn a little too early? These pumpkin spice energy bites are the epitome of a delightful snack. Not only is this recipe a well-deserved indulgence for all pumpkin spice lovers, but it’s also guilt-free and suitable for different lifestyles. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of oats (you can use gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

1- Add the pumpkin purée, vanilla extract, peanut butter, and maple syrup in a mixing bowl. Stir well until they’re utterly combined. 

2- Add the rolled oats, pumpkin pie spice, chia seeds, and chocolate chips to the same bowl. Combine all of the ingredients well until you form a dough. 

3- Let the mixture chill in the freezer for around 15-20 minutes to become a little firmer. 

4- Take the mixture out of the freezer and scoop a spoonful into your hands, then roll it into balls. 

5- Place your pumpkin spice balls in the refrigerator for an hour, then serve and enjoy!

10. Fruit Energy Balls

If you’re not the type of person who reaches out for fruits for snacks, then fret not! We have a delightful solution that will help you get the vital nutrients your body requires while satisfying your sweet tooth. Those little dried fruit energy bites are no-bake and can be made in a snap. You can make a generous batch ahead to find your snack ready when hunger strikes. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almonds (chopped)
  • 1 cup of dried apricots
  • 1 cup of dried figs
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened coconut (shredded)

Instructions:

1- Pulse the apricots, figs, and almonds in a food processor until they’re finely chopped. 

2- Scoop a spoonful of mixture into your hand and press into small balls. 

3- Roll the balls into the shredded coconut for coating. 

4- Place in the refrigerator for a few hours until the balls are firm. 

5- Serve and enjoy!

11. Banana Energy Bites

Worried that you may have those pesky hunger pangs in the middle of a busy day? These banana energy bites will have you covered, warding off the unpleasant cramps and keeping you invigorated till the next meal. Check out this recipe for some nice energy bites on the go that will offer the needed burst of energy to go through the day. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (overripe)
  • 1 cup of dry rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds (salted)
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

1- Mash the banana using a fork in a medium bowl until it’s a smooth purée.

2- Now stir in all of the other ingredients and blend with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. 

3- Use a scoop to take out the mixture and press to roll it into balls with your hands. 

4- Place the small energy bites on a plate and chill for a couple of hours. 

5- Serve and enjoy!

12. Carrot Bliss Balls

Devouring more veggies throughout the day isn’t always an easy feat. Yet, here’s a simple and enticing way to get more nutrients into your diet while still enjoying yourself; the carrot bliss balls. These little energy bites are carrot-flavoured, infused with cinnamon, and coated in coconut, a purely heavenly blend. The best part is that this mouthwatering treat takes no more than 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of dates
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Desiccated coconut (for coating)

Instructions:

1- Place the carrots in the food processor and pulse until they’re finely chopped.

2- Add the remaining ingredients, then pulse again until they combine thoroughly, forming a mixture. 

3- Scoop out a large spoon of the mixture and roll it into the awaited-to-be-devoured energy bites.

4- Roll into the desiccated coconut for an extra flavour and crunchy feel.

5- Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so.

6- Serve and enjoy!

Now that you’re presented with these delectable energy bites for a quick and energy fix, you can bid farewell to mindless munching on snacks laden with calories and offer little to no nutritional value. These delightful protein balls will let you finally savour your favourite flavours with no guilt.

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