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Banana Nut Butter Energy Bites

This healthy energy bite is simple to make and is a very satisfying snack between meals. This is one the whole family will love!

I love making energy bites and have come up with about 10 different varieties so far. This one is my family’s favorite. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s packed with healthy fats and fiber which will keep you feeling satisfied.

This recipe is also gluten free, dairy free and vegan. It can be made nut free by substituting sunflower or pumpkin seed butter for the nut butter.

What You’ll Need:

Making the Recipe:

You’ll begin by mashing the banana with a fork in a glass bowl or measuring cup until it is creamy. Typically, one banana will yield the 1/2 cup you need for this recipe.

Next, you will add all of the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Then add the maple syrup and vanilla extract to the bowl.

Once the ingredients are mixed together, then gently fold in the chocolate chips (if you are including them).

Place the batter in your refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to let it firm up, before you roll them into balls. Using your hands, form the batter into about 16-20 individual bites. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet as you roll them. Once that is done, place them back in the refrigerator for another 5-10 minutes. Finally, put the bites in an airtight container. They’ll store in the fridge for a week or more, if they last that long!!

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Banana Nut Butter Energy Bites

  • Author: Cheryl Englebretson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes (prep and chill time)
  • Yield: 1620 bites 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Hand Mix
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This healthy energy bite is simple to make and is a very satisfying snack between meals. This is one the whole family will love!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup rolled oats, gluten free
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats or quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter or seed butter)
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt ( especially if your nut or seed butter is unsalted)
  • 2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana with a fork in a small bowl.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients but the chocolate chips.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips, if you are using them.
  4. Place the mixing bowl with the dough in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to firm it up a bit and make it easier to roll.
  5.  Roll the batter into balls using your hands. Place each ball on a parchment lined baking sheet. You may need to clean your hands halfway through if the dough is sticking to your hands.
  6. Once done, place the energy bites in the refrigerator for another 5-10 minutes, before placing them in an airtight container to store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Substitute honey for the maple syrup, if you are not eating vegan and prefer it.
  • Substitute sunflower or pumpkin seed butter for the nut butter to make this nut free.
  • Substitute chia seeds for the flax meal. Both are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids, but the chia seeds have a bit more protein and fiber.
  • Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips are dairy free and free of most common allergens.

Keywords: dairy free, nut free substitutions, vegan, vegetarian

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