When I was in college, I was always on the lookout for healthy on-the-go snacks that I could take to school with me. I figured that the store-bought peanut butter granola bars I was buying, filled with all kinds of preservatives and corn syrup, were healthy enough. I know now that I was so wrong!
Making these no-bake peanut butter energy bites takes less than 5 minutes and they’re so much healthier than anything you can buy at the store. If you’re interested in eating healthy, ditch the store-bought treats and make these!
You probably already have all the ingredients and these bites can easily be made in a dorm room. These lemon energy bites are another great option for people with limited cooking facilities. You don’t need a stove, oven or even a microwave for either recipe. All you do is mix everything together and roll into balls.
These no-bake peanut butter energy bites just aren’t delicious – they’re great for your eye health! Studies show that a polyphenol plant compound called resveratrol can lead to better eye health. One source of resveratrol is peanuts – and this recipe has a whopping full cup of peanut butter!
Make sure to use the kind of peanut butter that just contains peanuts and salt. If you use a brand that has added fat and sugar, the recipe likely won’t turn out well. You’d also be adding a ton of fat and sugar!
Instead of refined white sugar, these energy bites are sweetened with honey, which is also beneficial to your eye health. If you want to eat for better vision, you may want to try incorporating more honey in place of white sugar into your diet. Honey can help protect against age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and even help treat pink eye and sore eyes.
- 1 cup natural peanut butter (the kind with just peanuts and salt)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2-4 teaspoons water
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir in the oats, coconut and salt until well combined and then add the chocolate chips. If the mixture doesn’t hold together well when pinched together, add the additional water, a teaspoon at a time until the mixture holds together well when pinched. Form 1” balls by pressing about 1 tablespoon of the mixture together. Yields 24 1” balls. Store at room temperature for 3 days or refrigerate for up to 1 week.