17 No-Bake Energy Bites That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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Once that 2 p.m. slump rolls around and you’re thinking of reaching for a bag of cookies or another cup of coffee, pause. Instead, it may just be perfect moment to indulge in an energy bite, a no-bake ball of oats and flavor, that is both protein-packed and sweet enough to satisfy that afternoon sugar craving. If you haven’t hopped on this latest food trend, energy balls are small, ping pong ball-sized snacks that pack a seriously big punch when you need it most. Depending on what flavor profile you’re aiming for, you can mix and match tons of ingredients to create your own varieties. And the best part? They can be frozen and enjoyed for up to a seven days, so a Sunday batch can last you throughout the week.  More: 20 Slimming Snacks for ExercisersEnergy bites can be a really tasty, high protein snack, and perfect to breakup your afternoon and keep you going until dinner time,” says Alissa Rumsey, a NYC-based registered dietitian. “I also love to eat them for breakfast, and dip them in plain Greek yogurt for some extra protein and fat. They can be chock-full of nutrient-rich foods such as nuts or nut butter, dates, cacao nibs, oats, chia, flax and more. You get protein, healthy fat, fiber and whole grains—all in portable bite size snack.”But as with all great things, they should be enjoyed in moderation. Just a couple of these snack-sized bites should do. ”Watch the added sugar and choose recipes with no refined sugar and no more than 1/8- to 1/4-cup of natural sugars like honey or agave,” Rumsey advises. “Stick to just two bites per serving, as the calories from the ingredients can quickly add up.”Pack a couple in your bag at the beginning of the day, and pop them as a snack between lunch and dinner. Seem easy enough? They sure are. Now check out these 17 no-bake energy ball recipes that’ll help transform your day, one bite at a time:Chocolate Energy Bites from Cooking ClassyPhoto courtesy of Cooking Classy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites from Gimme Some OvenPhoto courtesy of Gimme Some Oven Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls from Every Last BitePhoto courtesy of Every Last Bite Salted Caramel Chocolate Bliss Bites from Living the Farm Sanctuary LifePhoto by Mitch Mandel Fig Almond Energy Bites from Well PlatedPhoto by Well Plated Almond Joy Energy Bites from Gimme Some OvenPhoto courtesy of Gimme Some Oven Banana Bread Energy Balls from Every Last BitePhoto courtesy of Every Last Bite Oats, Nut Butter & Chia Energy Bites from My Fussy EaterPhoto courtesy of My Fussy Eater Pineapple Coconut Protein Balls from Creative JuicePhoto courtesy of Creative Juice Apple Pie Energy Balls from Every Last BitePhoto courtesy of Every Last Bite Coffee Ground Energy Bites from Blissful BrittPhoto courtesy of Blissful Britt Key Lime Pie Coconut Energy Bites from Spoonful of FlavorPhoto courtesy of Spoonful of Flavor Coconut Ginger Energy Balls from Every Last BitePhoto courtesy of Every Last Bite Lemon Pie Energy Bites from Back for SecondsPhoto courtesy of Back for Seconds Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites from Grace and Good EatsPhoto courtesy of Grace and Good Eats Fig Newton Energy Balls from Every Last BitePhoto courtesy of Every Last Bite Coconut Date Energy Bites from Sweet PhiPhoto courtesy of Sweet Phi


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