Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

These healthy energy bites are the perfect marriage of sweet and salty flavors and taste like my favorite candy bar!

No-Bake Peanut Butter, Pretzel, and Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

When the weather is nice, we love going on long weekend drives. I get a giant iced coffee and we set off to explore with no real destination in mind. It seems like the nicer it is outside, the further we drive – it’s easy to lose track of time and before we know it we’re halfway to Canada.

Now that the sun is back out, we’ve started taking drives again. A week or two ago we were deep in the heart of Amish Country with nothing around for miles but farms, when I realized that I was starving! Luckily I remembered that I still had one of these peanut butter, pretzel, and chocolate chip energy bites in my purse from the day before. It was exactly what I needed to hold me over until we got back home and could eat dinner.

These energy bites were inspired by my favorite candy bar – Take 5 – but are a much healthier option. With the exception of a little bit of sugar in the chocolate chips, these energy bites are naturally sweetened with dates. They also have plenty of filling protein and fiber, thanks to peanut butter, oats, and flax meal. Pretzels add crunch and flavor and make these tasty bites extra special.

These are great as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, a healthy dessert, or to hold you over when you realize it’s dinner time and you’re still miles from home.

No-Bake Peanut Butter, Pretzel, and Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 generous pinch kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Add the dates to a food processor or blender and pulse several times to form a thick paste. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Roll into tablespoon-sized balls. If the mixture is too dry, add another tablespoon of peanut butter; if it's too wet, add another tablespoon of flax meal.
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes, or until set.

Notes

These energy bites can be frozen for longer term storage.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 78Total Fat 2gCarbohydrates 14gProtein 3g

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By on April 26th, 2016

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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9 thoughts on “Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites”

  1. I happen to have a whole package of dates in need of a job. I should carry around a few of these everywhere, because it seems like I am always hungry, and a sweet-salty combo covers all the bases!

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  2. I love this recipe and your story of driving and realizing that you had one in your purse. Only problem. How in the world does one small energy bite hold you until dinner? If that was me, I’d need a whole bag of them:)

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    • They’re surprisingly filling! (Not to say I *couldn’t* eat a whole bag of them, since they’re so tasty…;))

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  3. We love road trips too and snacks are totally imperative! Energy balls are always a good idea and the addition of pretzels is just about the best idea ever. Can’t wait to try these out.

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  4. Oh yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking when I heard the name of these – Take 5! Do they even make those anymore? I haven’t seen one in years it seems like. These sound like the perfect little pick-me-ups!

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