These energy bites make a great healthy snack that the whole family will love. I made these with my Dad’s homemade apple butter and they were so tasty!
With all of us at home together doing work or school activities, having some tasty and healthy food around that is easy to grab in between all of the virtual meetings and homework assignments is such a godsend.
I’ve been the mad scientist in the kitchen lately, dreaming up new versions of these. I experimented with flavors and how to make them friendly for people with food sensitivities. I’ve also been trying my hardest to use the ingredients we have on hand or that I can count on finding at the grocery store these days.
My recent creation comes from the heart. My dad grows apple trees in his yard and has since I was a little kid. Every year, we are blessed to receive some homemade cider or apple butter from him. The last time my parents visited us, he brought us a jar of his apple butter.
I saw the apple butter in the back of the refrigerator and it inspired me to create these delicious no bake energy bites with oats, sunflower butter, chia seeds, pecans, cinnamon, and maple syrup. These energy bites have healthy fats, fiber, and no refined sugar. They fill the tummy, keep blood sugars balanced and satisfy the taste buds.
- Oats (Gluten Free) – add soluble fiber to the diet and can help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol
- Sunflower Butter & Chia Seeds – great sources of healthy fats that promote brain and heart health and are plant-based proteins that are nut and peanut free for those with food sensitivities or allergies
For your enjoyment and your health!
Here’s what you’ll need:
I’ve made these several times now with my Dad’s Apple Butter. I didn’t have enough of the apple butter this time, so I used apple sauce I had on hand instead. Still delicious!
Making the recipe:
This recipe requires no baking and is so easy! You simply put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them up.
I recommend putting the batter in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes prior to rolling the batter into balls, so it doesn’t stick to your hands as much.Print
A very healthy snack that is easy to make and sure to please the whole family!
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, gluten free
- 1/2 cup sunflower butter
- 1/2 cup apple butter (or organic applesauce)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. I find it helps to mix the chia seeds together with the oats first and then add in your remaining ingredients.
- Set the bowl in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to firm up a bit.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a small baking sheet.
- Roll the batter into balls about 3 inches in diameter and place them on the parchment. The batter should feel a little sticky on your hands. Rinse your hands halfway through if needed.
- Place the balls in the freezer for 5 minutes or so, before placing them in an airtight container and storing them in the refrigerator.
To make this recipe nut free, omit the pecans or add sunflower seeds in their place
The energy bites will keep in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer for several months
Keywords: dairy free, egg free, peanut free, vegan, vegetarian