I have really been trying to cut out sugar from my diet, for many reasons, but mainly because it seems like lately even the smallest amounts of sugar sends my body into a tailspin. I itch. Eczema shows up on my right ankle. Small red splotches show up on my face.
It’s not fun. But, cutting out sugar is also not fun. I love ice cream. I love dark chocolate. I love gooey fudgy brownies. Sadly, my body cannot seem to handle those things right now.
So, I have been trolling pinterest for some sugar free whole food “desserts”, and then the heavens opened and I found this pin.
Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites (Naturally-Sweetened). Yes, please. I’ll take all of that.
Now, most energy bites contain dates and dried fruits, which I do not love so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this recipe by Gimme Some Oven (clever name, right?!) contained neither of those ingredients. I decided to try making them one afternoon and since then I have made them four more times. I cannot stop eating them. They taste like a cookie. Plus, they are gluten free, dairy free, and naturally sweetened.
I knew I had to share these with you and also give you the alterations I make to the recipe.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER NO-BAKE ENERGY BITES (NATURALLY-SWEETENED)
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
- 2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes*
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed*
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/3 cup maple syrup and/or honey (the original recipe uses agave nectar)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I choose a superfood brand to give me the extra nutrients)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*I substitute 2/3 cup of the Nutiva superseed blend (pictured below) in place of the individual coconut flakes and flax. I still add the 1T chia seeds the recipe calls for because I like the extra texture.
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
- Roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine are about 1″) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
- Makes about 20-25 balls.
Note: If the mix seems to dry, add in an extra tablespoon or two of maple syrup/honey or peanut butter. If the mix seems too wet, add extra oatmeal.
I found this large bag of the superseed blend at Costco. I use also use it in smoothies, on yogurt or in muffins. It is also on Amazon and I’m sure a local health food or grocery store would carry it.
The best part about these is that I eat them for breakfast. Enjoy!
This recipe adapted from: Gimme Some Oven