No-Bake Energy Bites

A few days ago I vowed to not make any more desserts until after my trip to Singapore at the end of June.  So, this is not a dessert!   These are called No-Bake Energy Bites and are being pinned on Pintrest boards all across the web.  Yum!  These contain about 5 grams of protein per ball and are a great pre-workout or mid-morning snack.  Go easy though, they pack about 150 calories each… but they are perfect to remedy any dieter’s sweet tooth!
The great thing about these is that as long as you keep the wet/dry ratio similar to the below recipe, you can swap basically any ingredients you want.  Feel free to substitute in some chopped nuts, dried fruit, wheat germ/meal, chopped marshmallows, crushed cereal, Nutella, agave nectar, maple syrup, protein powder… the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!
No-Bake Energy Bites
Makes 18-20 balls
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used big chocolate chunks because it was all I had, it made it a bit harder to roll these into balls, so I recommend using mini chips if possible!)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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