Do you wanna know what my eating routine was all last week? (Even if you don’t, I’m still going to tell you.)
Well, it’s pretty basic: Eating at the Whole Foods salad bar and shoveling these no bake oatmeal peanut butter cookie energy bites into my mouth at an extremely fast pace.
From last week’s eating adventures, I’ve learned two things: 1) It’s astonishing how much you can spend on a salad bar AND 2) I absolutely plan on making these energy bites every week for the rest of summer. Because once summer is over, it’s BAKING season (not that it ever ended for me).
Initially I had planned on making these as granola bars, but as soon as I played with the consistency, they ended up working much better as energy bites. And I have to admit, I’m a HUGE fan. They were the perfect pre-workout fuel and basically an any-time kind of snack. And this girl’s got to have her snacks.
How long do energy bites last in the fridge?
These cookie energy bites will last for 5-7 days in the fridge. A great perk about these bites is that they’re also freezer friendly! I actually eat them straight out of the freezer because they’re still chewy and delicious and taste like cold cookie dough that I want to live in. I don’t know?
What ingredients do you need for these cookie energy bites?
These cookie energy bites only need a few simple ingredients like Medjool dates, oats (gluten free if desired), pure maple syrup, and peanut butter. To make these bites more nutritious, I added in both chia seeds and cacao nibs. Both provide an excellent source of nutrients including fiber, omega-3 and protein, which is exactly the reason I called these energy bites. And it’s an extra bonus that they actually do taste like a giant serving of oatmeal peanut butter cookie dough.
I know my love for peanut butter is out of control. Kind of like my love for Justin Bieber. Uhhhh did I just say that? #belieber
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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites with Chia + Cacao Nibs
Looking for a healthy snack? Try these easy, no bake cookie energy bites that taste just like a scrumptious oatmeal peanut butter cookie. The chia & cacao nibs add nutrition, fiber and protein!
- 6 large Medjool dates, pitted (about 1/2 cup packed pitted dates)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, chia seeds and cacao nibs. Set aside.
- Add dates and water to the bowl of a food processor and process a few times until dates begin to break down a bit and form a paste. Next add in maple syrup, vanilla and peanut butter; process again until it begins to look like a wet cookie dough and ingredients are well combined.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. I like to use my hands because it's much easier to get everything mixed well. I know it's a little messy, so my advice is to coat your hands with a small amount of coconut oil so that the dough doesn't stick.
Once the ingredients are well combined, form into 1 inch balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Balls will last for 5-7 days or can be frozen for up to a month.
If you'd like, you can always use mini chocolate chips instead of cacao nibs, just know that the nutrition may be slightly different.