Peanut butter cookie dough energy bites

Yep. You heard it right, peanut butter cookie dough.

And it’s good for you.

I’ve looked up quite a few recipes for energy bites but what has slightly put me off making them is they have so many ingredients and a lot of them I don’t have in my cupboard like baobab, maca, spirulina and matcha. Don’t get me wrong these are all amazing and wonderful for you but they aren’t very accessible for most people and can be quite pricey so I thought I would do some energy bites for beginners that are easy on your purse strings but still taste great.

However if you do have these and want to add them then please do so! I can’t tell you how they will taste but you could always do half with and half without and see how you get on.

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The good thing about these are that they are pretty easy to change to suit what you’ve got in. So if you’ve got almond butter instead of peanut, then use it. If you’ve not got maple syrup, use honey or another sweetener. You could even put mashed banana in as the stickiness that holds them together. If you don’t have ground almonds or flaxseed that doesn’t matter too much either. I’ve put them in for their added health benefits but don’t go out and buy them just to make these. You could even make your own DIY ground almonds by blitzing almonds in a food processor until they are very fine crumbly consistency.

These little bad boys don’t tasty healthy at all… they are sweet and crunchy and best of all they are satisfying! The peanut butter and ground almonds provide a good dose of healthy fats and paired with the slow release energy from the oats means they will keep you feeling fuller for much longer.

The dark chocolate and/or cacao nibs are really high in antioxidants and in particular Magnesium which is so important for many daily bodily functions. It helps to keep you alert…..

They are so good for snacking, I usually take 2 to work and have them mid afternoon to satisfy my sweet tooth and they keep me going until dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 3 heaped tbsp of peanut butter (I used crunchy but you could use smooth)
  • 1 1/2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs or 70% dairy free dark chocolate cut into little chunks

Method

  1. This is the fun bit! Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined
  2. Put a tablespoon sized amount in your hand and squeeze into a compact shape
  3. Roll it between the palms of your hands or on a flat surface until its round
  4. Once you are done place all the balls into the freezer for half an hour to firm up and then they can be kept in the fridge for 3 weeks… they freeze well too, just let them defrost before eating!

The reason why I’ve used cups in this recipe instead of grams is because you really don’t need to be that accurate! There is no baking involved so it’s pretty hard for them to go wrong. As long as you use the same sized cup for all measurements you are good to go and once you mix everything together you will be able to tell from the consistency whether it needs a bit more of something.

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