No-Bake Granola Energy Bites

No Bake Granola Energy Bites

Most days of the week, I stumble in from the gym and into the fridge, looking for a protein-packed snack to help me refuel after a workout. While these granola bites are pretty tiny, they pack TONS of tasty flavor and if you just need a “nosh”, they’re perfect for filling up fast.

The base is oatmeal, but peanut butter, honey and ground flaxseed also join the mix to make for a well-rounded snack. Flax seed is a taste-free, powdery additive full of heart-healthy omega 3’s and fiber. You can find the ground variety at most health food stores, some groceries, and sometimes the food sections of discount retailers like Marshalls and Home Goods. It’s also great for sneaking into cereal, oatmeal and yogurt!

Enjoy these nutritious little bites after a workout, stick ‘em in the kiddos lunchbox, or snack on them to reenergize your day!

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No-Bake Granola Energy Bites

Yield: Makes about 20-25 bites

Ingredients:

1 cup dry oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)

2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional

Directions:

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Chill in refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.)

Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

      

39 Responses to “No-Bake Granola Energy Bites”

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    Lynna — February 18, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    How cute! I would love to eat these after working out!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — February 18, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    These sound just wonderful and I’m thinking they would definitely ward off the hunger pangs for a good amount of time. I love treats like that!

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    Savory Simple — February 18, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    These look like a perfect post-workout snack though I worry I’d eat all of them. They look awesome!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 18, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Wow, these look yummy. I love granola. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    Joanne — February 18, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    These are definitely way healthier than a lot of the post-gym “INEEDFOOD” snacks I reach for! Fabulous!

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    Carrie Burrill — February 18, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

    Oh these look so good for post workout! I tend to go for the calorie laden cliff bars. I need to make a batch of these instead!

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    thejoyofcaking — February 18, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    These sound like a great alternative to some of the bad things I bake :)

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 18, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    We make something a lot like this to have on hand when hunger hits! These are perfect!

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    Faye — February 18, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    These granola energy bites will make my favorite yogurt shake POP! Great idea for late morning snacks.

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    Audra — February 18, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love having something healthy on hand when I get hungry and have a sweet tooth!

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    Sarah — February 18, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    i’ve made something similar before too. these are great!!

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    Pam — February 18, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    They look delicious!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — February 18, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    These look delicious… I am sold at NO Bake…
    I love having healthy snack at hand.. this sounds perfect!

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    Loretta E. — February 18, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    These would not last long over here! Yum….

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    Val — February 18, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Perfect bites of energy.

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    london bakes — February 18, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    These are such a great snack to have on hand (and I love that you sneaked some chocolate in there!)

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 18, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    I love making energy bites/balls. Especially with peanut butter and chocolate. Georgia, this picture brings a huge smile to my face – love the bright plaid linen :)

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    Liz Berg — February 19, 2013 @ 12:32 am

    These look wonderful…nice protein punch :)

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    a farmer in the dell — February 19, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    these are my kind of energy bar! and I love that they are no bake!

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    Tracey Wilhelmsen — February 19, 2013 @ 2:27 am

    Mmmm, I love everything about these! I scanned the ingredient list nodding my head and getting more excited about one thing after another :)

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    Elizabeth — February 19, 2013 @ 4:09 am

    These look like the perfect little bites!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 19, 2013 @ 4:12 am

    These bites would make a perfect afternoon snack!

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    Julia {the roasted root} — February 19, 2013 @ 5:26 am

    This is the perfect post-workout snack and it can also double as a dessert!! Love all the health benefits and the recipe looks so easy to throw together – I can’t wait to give it a go!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 19, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Would love to snack on this during the 10PM-2AM time frame!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — February 19, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    How cute! These bites are way more attractive than bar shape. It’ll be a fun project with my children soon. :)

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    foodonfifth.com — February 19, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    What a great idea for those of us who hardly have time to eat anything in the morning. I like it when I have something ready “to grab” and go about my way without a hitch in the early hours. I will definitely try this recipe. Great photos as well.

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 19, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    I really need to make these. They would be perfect to snack on after a workout.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 19, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    I need these for an afternoon snack! They sound perfectly healthy and yummy!

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    Sister Spice — February 20, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    I’ve been searching the world around for some homemade protein bar-type goodies that are easy, tasty, and healthy. Nothing really sounded perfect until I found these; they look awesome and my hubby and I will make some this weekend! Great recipe!

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    Paula — February 22, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    I love everything in these and the fact that you can just grab them and pop them in your mouth whenever you need a quick pick-me-up. I’m bookmarking this and making a batch when I get back home from our vacation :)

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    Dana Alley — February 22, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    I’m going to try these for my husband! He goes to class in the morning, and works the rest of the day. Doesn’t really have time to eat a proper meal for lunch and these will hopefully help to keep him going! Thanks for sharing!

    Dana Alley
    http://www.thirtyoneladies.com

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    Erika — February 23, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut? They look delicious!!
    Thanks!
    Erika

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — February 23, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Sweetened. Hope you enjoy them! :)

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    Shweta — July 17, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    Can I substitute the peanut butter with plain unsalted butter?

    • Georgia — July 17th, 2013 @ 8:10 am

      No, definitely not. You need the texture and taste of peanut butter.

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    Kara — July 26, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Any substitution for the coconut? My husband won’t eat coconut. Thanks!

    • Georgia — July 27th, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

      You can try leaving it out altogether, replacing it with more of another ingredient (flax, oatmeal, peanut butter), or adding finely chopped dried fruits instead. If you replace with more of another ingredient and find the mixture too dry, just add a little extra honey.

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    Marlene — July 31, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I can’t find any nutritional information on these bites. What is the macronutrient breakdown (grams of carbs, fat, protein)?

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