These peanut butter, maca, and cacao nib energy bites are the perfect healthy and filling snack. Made with oats, honey, and chia seeds, they are sure to satisfy your hunger and craving for something sweet!
Answer me this: are they bites or balls?
Since I have the maturity level of a 15-year-old boy, I prefer to title these types of recipes “energy bites” to leave less room for inappropriate humor.
But that’s just me.
Regardless of what you term these healthy and tasty morsels, one thing is certain: you need to make a batch and keep them on hand for snacking!
Ever since I was selected to be a Rawxies ambassador, I’ve kept various flavors of their heart bars in my desk drawer and cupboard.
(Side note: if you want to save 20% on your next order, enter the code “RAWXIESAMBASSADOR” at checkout—you’re welcome.)
But…sometimes you run out of heart bars. Or, you want to use up some of the myriad packages of powders/nibs/seeds/etc. that are taking over your pantry.
(The latter scenario was the case for me.)
These were inspired by heart bars—since they use oats as a base instead of nuts. However, the babe was napping when I decided to make these, so rather than risk waking him by running my food processor, I just opted for the single bowl + spoon method.
It makes cleanup is a little easier!
Peanut Butter, Maca + Cacao Nib Energy Bites
yields 12 1” balls
- 1 cup rolled oats (quick cooking or regular)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 1/3 cup honey*
- 2 Tbsp maca powder
- 2 Tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- In a medium sized bowl, combine all of your ingredients.
- Stir until a thick dough forms. If too sticky, add a little more oats. If too crumbly, add a bit more honey and/or nut butter.
- Roll into 1-inch balls and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Note: I ran out of honey and ended up using about a ¼ cup honey with maple syrup to make the difference. Honey is best because the stickiness helps bind the other ingredients, but I’m sure you could experiment with other liquid sweeteners.
If you remember my maca + sea salt freezer chocolate, you’ll already know that maca has awesome health benefits in addition to its nutty, malty flavor.
Due to its nature as an adaptogen and potential to boost mood and energy, maca is the perfect addition to the mix of salty peanut butter and earthy, chocolatey cacao nibs.Need a snack? I’ve got you covered with PB, maca + cacao nib energy bites! Click To Tweet
So tell me…
- What’s your favorite snack bar? Of course I like Rawxies, but I also enjoy a good ol’ Larabar.
- Do you make your own snack bites/bars?
- What’s your favorite recipe/flavor?