Here’s our solution to a delicious, healthy, and reliable snack at your desk: energy bites.
These little rounds of energy – sometimes called protein balls or energy balls – are easy to make (all of these require no baking!), store, and eat at work for that much-needed afternoon energy crash. Besides being pretty adorable, we think they perfectly embody one of our key Freshly principles: modern nutrition for a modern schedule. Make them on the weekend, store them in the fridge, and bring them to work throughout the week.
We’ve compiled three of our favorite energy bite recipes from great and influential health-conscious bloggers around the web.
#1 THE ULTIMATE ENERGY BITES | From: Delicious Ella | Good for: Chocolate nuttiness.
This popular recipe from plant-based UK blogger Delicious Ella is a great example of how low-sugar snacks can still taste just as delicious as a chocolate bar. We love that it takes literally three minutes to make, and incorporates tons of energy-driving protein (from its almonds and walnuts) and sweetness (from its medjool dates and cacao powder.) Watch the quick recipe in the video below, and check out more from Deliciously Ella, on her great blog here.
- Medjool dates
- A cup of almonds
- A cup of walnuts or any other nut
- Chia seeds
- Ground flax seed
- Coconut Oil
- Hemp protein powder
- Raw cacao powder
#2 COCONUT LIME ENERGY BITES | From: Paleo Grubs | Good for: A refreshing snack.
These zesty, key lime pie-esque bites are a great light snack that are full of flavor and still feel incredibly light and refreshing. We love that the recipe takes just two minutes (unless you’re snacking while making them, of course), and lug some solid fat, potassium and fiber (from almonds and cashews) See full recipe here.
- Pitted Medjool dates
- Lime Zest
- Lime Juice
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
#3 PEANUT BUTTER CUP ENERGY BITES | From: Minimalist Baker | Good for: Gluten-Free, peanut butter, few ingredients.
This recipe is pictured above, in our main header. We love that it uses only five ingredients (and one pot), and tastes like a peanut butter cup. It’s got just the right amount of crunch from the chia seeds, and tenderness from the peanut butter. The bloggers behind Minimalist Baker are a wife-husband duo dedicated to adapting recipes to be gluten-free. See the full recipe (and some of their other creations) here.
- Pitted dates
- Salted peanut or almond butter
- Dairy-free dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- Chia seeds (or sub flax or hemp seeds)
- Gluten-free rolled oats (or ground nuts, walnuts, or almonds)
…. And if these three aren’t enough to tide you over, here are some more unique energy bite recipes we love: