Working from home makes it really easy to snack all day, which is not a good thing for my waistline. Instead of mindlessly grabbing a handful of chips or crackers when I’m slightly hungry, I decided to make some healthy energy bites. I like to keep them on hand in the freezer and then when I want a little something to tide me over, I can grab one and get back to work! I made these with almond butter, but any kind of nut butter would work (I’ve also used creamy and crunchy peanut butter). Since almond butter can be pretty expensive, I like to buy a big bag of almonds from Sam’s Club and then make it myself using a food processor.
Almond butter is pretty easy to make and I like knowing that it’s 100% almonds without sugar or anything added. I usually use 3 lbs. or raw almonds at a time. First, place the almonds on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 250F for about 10 minutes. Warming them before placing in the food processor speeds up the process because it helps release their oils. They should just be warm to the touch, be sure not to burn them. Next, place in a food processor and turn it on to high speed. Just keep it going and you’ll eventually have a creamy texture. Sometimes it helps to stop the food processor and scrape down the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula. Once it’s smooth and creamy, transfer to an air-tight container (I use a mason jar) and let cool. Then you can start using it for these energy bites, smoothies and other healthy snacks!
P.S. If you’re looking for another grab-and-go treat, try these chocolate peanut butter oat clusters!
No Bake Energy Bites with Homemade Almond Butter
These healthy grab-and-go snacks are the perfect energy booster!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or preferred nut butter)
- 1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup (or a mixture of both)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt (if almond butter isn't salted)
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until combined. Place in refrigerator for 30 – 45 minutes, until it's not as gooey.
Use a cookie scoop or your hands to form 1" balls. Place in a large Ziploc bag or on a baking sheet and freeze until set, about 1 hour. I like to store mine in the freezer and take one out to thaw a few minutes before eating.