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3 Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites - You would never guess that these easy, on-the-go energy bites, full of whole grains, fiber and protein, only require 3 ingredients in which you probably already have in your pantry!
Oh gosh you guys! I feel like summer has just begun and guess what happened today while we were in Walmart? I saw the dreaded aisle of.......
How is it already time to buy school supplies?
I'm not ready.
The kids certainly aren't ready.
It's not the endless shopping for the supplies that gets me. It's everything that comes along with back to school. For instance, we'll add in dance classes, soccer practice, before school Fit Club, and CCD. Oh and the play dates. The endless play date requests.
It's nearly impossible to get my kids to sit down to eat a proper snack. If they are grabbing something on the go, it's usually something junky. I'm not a fan of filling my kid(s) up with a bunch of junk just before they are to run around on a soccer field for 60 minutes.
So while we were browsing through Walmart, avoiding the school supplies, I grabbed a few of our pantry staples (cereal, almond butter, etc.). Because the price of Post cereals is right, we each chose 1 box and in the end we came home with Fruity Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted and Great Grains Raisins, Dates & Pecans. That last one was my pick, yum! Nora of course chose the Fruity Pebbles.
On the car ride home, I couldn't get school/activities approaching out of my head and then it was one of those "light bulb moments". I could make a pretty darn good snack using some of the cereal (that I know is liked) and some other healthy ingredients.
I've seen a lot of "energy bites" around on Pinterest. Mostly they use flax and a bunch of other ingredients my kids won't touch. So, I though, what if I just use the Great Grains Raisins, Dates & Pecans as my crunchy coating? It's crunchy. It's got a bunch of good stuff in it like whole grains, fiber, vitamins & minerals.
I got to work immediately. I put some almond butter (you could use any kind of nut butter) in a bowl with some honey and a little bit of the cereal and mixed it up. Then I crushed about a cup of cereal up and put it on a plate. I made balls out of the almond butter mixture. By the way, using an ice cream scoop helps this process. Once a ball was formed, I rolled it around in the crushed cereal and put it on a lined baking sheet. Once they were all done (about 5 minutes later) I popped them in the fridge. It's really hot here right now, so they definitely needed some time in the fridge to firm up.
Two hours later, I put them to the test. I
scarfed down 2 in about 20 seconds gracefully ate 2 fairly quickly. It didn't take Josh long to come along and ask what I was eating. Since he was on his way outside (on-the-go as usual), I tossed him one and told him to try it himself. Success!!! He loved it.
I'm thinking I shouldn't have held off so long in creating energy bites. These are going to be so handy for in between school and soccer or on the way to a play date (ugh, that term makes me cringe, can't they just be hanging out?). Heck, I'm guessing Josh who is always running (literally) out to the bus in the morning, will be eating these on his way out to catch the bus.
Thanks to these 3 Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites, you can cross snacks off your back-to-school list. But wait, you want more? Check out all these other recipe hacks for cereal - which is your fave idea?
3 Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites
- ½ C Almond Butter or other nut butter
- 3 T Honey
- 1 ¼ C Great Grains Raisins Dates & Pecans Cereal , Divided
- In a bowl, stir together honey, almond butter and ¼ C of the cereal.
- Lightly crush the remaining 1 C cereal. I find the easiest way to do this is to place cereal in a bag and give it a whack with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet. Place crushed cereal on a shallow plate.
- Form the almond butter mixture into balls (using a small ice cream scoop will help) and roll through the crushed cereal to coat well.
- Place coated balls on a dish or baking sheet lined with a non-stick mat or parchment.
- Refrigerate 2 hours to firm up.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to devour.
Love this! So simple and thinking it would be a great lunch box snack for the boys! Thanks for sharing!
Patty Haxton Anderson says
I won't judge your fridge because mine is - eeek! Love the simple recipe and I am sure all kids will love these.
I think these would be great to pack for after school sports/activities too!
Linda Shapiro says
Christine, I am a huge fan of energy bites and so want to do more of them for my blog. The yummy possibilities are endless! Yours look positively addicting!
This recipe is perfect for my son's busy football season. Easy to make, and we can grab them on the go. Thanks for sharing! #client
This looks perfect for back to school! Yum!!
Joanne/WineLady Cooks says
I love your energy bites recipe, it's so easy with only 3 ingredients. This is great to make with the kids.
linda spiker says
So fun and simple! Love recipes like this.
This is a healthy version of a cereal bar. I love that it's just 3 ingredients so they are perfect for the kids to make themselves.
I love this idea for a healthy grab and go snack! Especially since it's packed with protein to keep them fueled.
I have all the items to make this! I will have to do it soon.
Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
WHat a great idea to use cereal, these sound delicious...and so simple!
Thanks! The cereal certainly made these much easier than the traditional energy bite and much more frugal too!
Healing Tomato says
You have said the 2 magical words that I love to hear: "No Bake"!! I have 2 left thumbs when it comes to baking and most of my dessert are always dry. I will definitely check them out now.