Tricky Treats: No-bake peanut butter and coconut energy bites
“I’m hungry. I’m hungry. I’m hungry.” Fruit disapears out of the baskets faster than I can buy it and store bought snacks are expenseve, not healthy, and not very filling. Keeping my children’s ambitious tummies satisfied feels like a full time job. Enter no-bake peanut butter and coconut energy bites.
These tricky treats are not sweet or sugary but their presentation makes them enchanting. My kids try to make deals with me to get a few extra balls. My best offer so far came from my eight-year-old, who promiced to be a good teenager if he could have just one more. Deal.
You and your kids can enjoy these energy bites as a fantastic substitute to store-bought granola bars, cookies, or chips. The protien in the peanut butter satisfies the kids for longer than other snacks and there is no need to dirty a plate or stop what you are doing to make something. Perfect for panicy hunger.
How to make no-bake peanut butter and coconut energy bites
To make these energy bites, all you have to do is dump all the ingredients into a bowl, mix, then roll into balls, and top with a tiny bit of melted chocolate or roll them in coconut.
Here are a few tips to make this tricky treat even easter to make:
- Use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment to save you from a lot of stirring. If you do not have a stand mixer, simply break out the wooden spoon and give your arms a little workout.
- A small 16 oz jar of natural no-sugar peanut butter saves you from the mess of measuring peanut butter. Simply dump the entire jar into the mixing bowl and scrape around the sides to get any lefts overs in the jar. Your jar of peanut butter will be separated when you open it for the first time. Don’t try to remove the oil sitting on top, dump the entire jar into the bowl.
- No need to crush the cereal, it will crush as you mix everything together. The chex gives these bites a wonderful crunch!
- Depending on the wetness of your peanut butter, you may need a few less or a few more oats. Start with the smaller amount indicated and then add more if the balls you are making seem easily squish-able. You don’t want balls that are dry and crumbly, but you also don’t want your energy bites to turn into mush.
- Roll into small balls and then melt some chocolate and drizzle on top for just a little bit of added sweetness. If you don’t have chocolate on hand, or don’t want to use chocolate, roll the balls in leftover coconut from the recipe.
This recipe makes about 45 energy bites and you can make them in just ten minutes. Kids love to help mix everything and roll out the balls. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three weeks or in the freezer for a month for a quick on-the-go-snack!