This recipe is for all you chocolate lovers! Like I have mentioned before, I have what seems to be a never ending sweet tooth (I should note that the one cure I have found for my sweet tooth is to drastically cut back on sugar, seriously the less sugar you eat the less you crave it). These little guys definitely cure my chocolate craving, without making me feel too bad at all. Plus they’re filling and energizing with the protein and oats.
This recipe is really versatile and can be tweaked easily. If you aren’t a honey fan, you could substitute maple syrup, you could also add finely chopped nuts or coconut flakes, whatever you like! But I would definitely keep the peanut butter (or some kind of nut butter), it’s the base that holds the bites together. Mmmm, homemade peanut butter …
I also recommend trying a good quality raw honey. I recently switched to this brand from Roundy’s (I love lots of Roundy’s products but was pretty confused when I looked at my honey label and saw that it was produced in several different countries; what does that even mean?!). This stuff has a much deeper flavor, and I like that it’s produced locally.
Chocolate Energy Bites
- 3/4 cup uncooked oats
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (I used homemade, but store bought would work just fine)
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional, but strongly encouraged 🙂 )
- 1/2 teaspoon water (if needed to be able to combine all ingredients well)
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly until everything is evenly distributed. Roll by hand into small balls (about 1 to 2 tablespoons each). Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Makes 10-12 bites, depending on size.