These Sweet Potato Energy Bites are snack-sized bites packed with protein and healthy fats!
It’s time for another Recipe Redux post. The theme for this month was a fun one:
Bars & Bites for Brown Bags
Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box.
When I started thinking about what flavor combo I wanted to make, I decided to get a little crazy.
You guys know I love my Sweet Potato Banana Bites– I make them pretty much weekly for a pre-workout snack. However, they require baking…and in honor of the warm weather we’ve been having lately, I thought it might be fun to try a no-bake version! I also decided I wanted to make a batch of bites without using dates. I love dates and use them in my go-to energy bite recipes, but since not everyone always has dates on hand, I thought I’d attempt to forgo them.
Here’s what I came up with:
Sweet Potato Energy Bites
A no-bake energy ball packed with nuts, seeds and healthy fats!
- 1/4 cup oats
- 3 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almonds (or other nut)
- 6 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
- 1/4 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (more if desired)
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup/honey, optional
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
- Combine oats, pumpkin seeds, hemp, chia and almonds in a food processor and pulse several times to crush nuts.
- Add remaining ingredients and process to combine.
- Taste and adjust sweetener if needed.
- Pour dough onto plastic wrap, squeeze to form into large ball, wrap and freeze for 30-45 min.
- Remove dough and portion into snack-sized balls.
- Store in the freezer.
As usual, you guys know I don’t like things super sweet. I made mine without the maple syrup/honey addition, but I think most people’s taste buds might enjoy a little added sweetener. If you have dates and want to throw some in, go for it. If not, adding a little maple syrup or honey should sweeten them right up.
Since they’re no bake, you can taste as you go. Start with no sweetener and then add some as needed!
I love keeping mine in the freezer, but if you’re going to pack them in your lunch they should still be fine at lunchtime if you throw them in frozen in the morning!
Check out the links below for more tasty bites and bars!