Whether it's first thing in the morning or midafternoon, we all need an energy boost at some point during the day. Coffee is one solution—a sugary energy drink another. But when you need something with more sustenance, we recommend reaching for energy bites.
With recipes like the ones below, who can blame us? These balls are loaded with nutrients to keep you focused and going strong no matter what life throws at you. Even better, they're simple to make: Most require combining a few ingredients in a food processor, then rolling right up. Just stash them in the fridge and take a few with you for when your tank nears “empty.”
Cranberry and orange are like peanut butter and chocolate—wonderful alone and even better together. Add some protein powder and almonds for staying power, plus dates to bind everything, and you’ve got a healthy, portable treat that tastes fantastic.
These sugar-free bites combine dried apricots, almonds, walnuts, raisins, and flaxseeds to form a perfectly sweet and crunchy treat. Blend the ingredients together in a food processor and roll in coconut, and you're in heaven. Plus, they’re vegan, Paleo, and gluten- and dairy-free, so pretty much everyone can enjoy them.
When you want healthy muffins without the hassle of baking, make these! The tasty duo of lemon and blueberry unites with a base of cashews, almonds, and dates that adds a sweet buttery flavor. Throw in a little vanilla extract and you have the taste of muffins in about 10 minutes.
Who said dessert can't be healthy? These no-bake bites are perfect for when you're craving something fruity and delicious. Strawberries sweeten the recipe just enough so that you don't need added sugar, and the vanilla extract gives it an extra kick. The recipe calls for freeze-dried strawberries, but you can easily substitute the real ones instead—just be sure to refridgerate the bites to keep them fresh. Go ahead and have them at breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert.
Raw, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, these energy balls are as pretty as they are tasty. Unless you have the herb Damiana on hand (we'd never heard of it!), feel free to leave it out—the bites may have less libido-enhancing effects, but they're just as delicious without it. Orange zest and cinnamon add some zing to the typical bite recipe. Roll in shredded coconut for a sweet coating that also makes them look fancy.
This recipe is for all the lemon lovers out there. The tasty combination of vanilla and lemon strikes a balance between sweet and tart, and the nuts and protein powder will keep you full and energized. If you wish, add maca powder, which may further boost your energy (though it's definitely not vital to the recipe).
Only 10 minutes to make, this recipe is super simple, and includes a sprinkle of hemp hearts, which are good for cardiovascular health. And who can resist the combo of apple and nut butter? Process everything together, roll into balls, and let them set in the fridge—if you can wait that long.
The word “prune” probably conjures up thoughts of your grandmother and fart jokes. But grandma was on to something: Dried plums help increase satiety, which in turn may help control diabetes and heart disease. Plus these bites are truly delicious and naturally sweetened.
For a healthier alternative to the tasty muffin, try these easy-to-make bites. Combine your favorite protein powder (ideally vanilla-flavored, just avoid whey-based varieties) with oats, poppy seeds, and lemon zest. Water and lemon juice bind it all together and add an extra kick of flavor. They're just as delicious as the muffins, without all the crumbly mess!
With quinoa and sunflower, flax, and chia seeds, this recipe may read like bird food. However, when you add the oats, maple syrup, and fruit, you've got something far tastier and heartier. This one requires a little cooking (making quinoa and baking the bites), but it's certainly not time-consuming.
Sure, we all love acai berries, but goji berries pack a ton of antioxidants too. This recipe marries them with other super healthy ingredients, including chia and pumpkin seeds for some healthy fats, and dates and raw cacao to sweeten things up.
Zero oil and butter make these bites a healthier version of the beloved sweet bread. Raisins, walnuts, and pumpkin puree combine to create a gooey, delicious base. Coconut flour replaces traditional wheat flour, making these tasty bites gluten-free.
Tahini isn't only for hummus and salad dressing. Here, the sesame seed spread lends a delicate hint of nut that's offset by sweet dates and cocoa powder. Between these irresistible treats and our hummus addiction, we're stocking up on tahini—how about you?
This recipe invites experimentation. Use your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to come up with a personalized blend. No matter what, we highly recommend dipping them in chocolate.
Talk about delicious! These chocolate morsels have a fudgy consistency that's complimented by salty almond butter and the satisfying crunch of pistachio nuts. Even more impressive: They're vegan, Paleo, and naturally sweetened by honey.
With just four ingredients, these energy bites are super simple to whip together. Chia seeds not only bring crunch, they may also help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Form a dough by pulsing the almonds, dates, chia seeds, and cacao powder in a food processor. Roll the dough into balls, and enjoy!
We realize there are a lot of ingredients between these three lists, but stay with us. As the blogger says, the combinations are endless. The coconut oil and date base remains the same, but feel free to get creative with the add-ins. We suggest combining the hemp seeds for omega-3s, cacao powder because chocolate, and spirulina, which reduces inflammation.
A list wouldn’t be complete without a recipe that included espresso. Grab one or two of these to stock up on carbs and energy before heading out on your morning run. The oats, flax, and peanut butter will keep you going strong, and maple syrup lends the perfect light sweetness. Pair with a cuppa joe for even more pep.
You had us at dark chocolate. But if you aren't on board, hear this: Walnuts and almond butter add satiety, while dates are used for natural sweetness. Plus, the crisp quinoa makes these extra filling and packed with protein.
The perfect snack to pack for a hike or weekend drive, this recipe is so good you’ll want to make two batches. Crispy rice cereal, corn flakes, and pretzel bits make for a crunchy, salty flavor that plays well with chocolate and peanut butter. You'll never buy a prepackaged bar again!
Yeah, these are pretty amazing. Three types of chocolate—chocolate chips, chocolate peanut butter, and cocoa powder—make them the real deal, and a hint of oats and honey keep them from being too overwhelming. The fact that they're kinda like eating cookie dough doesn't bother us one bit.
Ideal for grabbing as you run out the door, these balls feature uncooked quinoa. That's right—raw. The protein-rich seed plus flaxseed and almonds makes them crunchy, but what you'll really go for is the chocolate chips. Since they're made in a food processor, you'll get a little chocolate in every bite.
Now you can feed your Girl Scout cookie addiction and feel kinda good about it, since these have no hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, five simple, clean ingredients create the exact same flavor, just in a little ball rather than a wafer cookie. Go ahead and freeze them, if you wish.
These no-bake chocolatey bites are ready in just 15 minutes, and no need to wait for the oven to heat up. Cocoa powder, almond butter, and honey combine to create a fantastic fudge flavor. Beet or goji powder gives the bites their classic red hue, but they're just as delicious without the added color.
Indulge your sweet tooth with this delicious recipe that derives its sweetness from dates, maple syrup, and apples. It's like an apple pie you can eat with your hands! 'Nuff said.
Put down the candy bar. One bite of these, and you won't want the name brand. Coconut flakes, cocoa powder, and almonds ensure they have that tropical taste you love. Bonus: They're gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo.
Craving cake? Try these instead. They somehow taste just like the sweet treat yet contain no grains or dairy. Rather than icing these bites, roll them in coconut for extra flavor and a Pinterest-worthy appearance. This recipe calls for multi-colored carrots, but feel free to stick with the standard orange variety.
At one point or another, we’ve all experienced the joy of diving into muffin batter. Well, this recipe tastes just like that, and you don't have to worry about raw eggs or excess sugar. Plus it's gluten-free and vegan (with a Paleo option).
With so few ingredients, you could practically make these in your sleep. The recipe takes about 10 minutes—just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, combine on medium speed, then roll into bite-sized balls and coat in shredded coconut. It's healthy dessert you can eat on-the-go!
Cookie dough meets granola bar in these surpisingly healthy no-bake bites. They taste just like dessert, but they're packed with protein and nutrients. The recipe calls for peanut butter, but you can use any kind of nut or seed butter, and the balls will taste just as delicious. In fact, it'd be fun to play with different kinds to see what tastes best.
It takes only five ingredients and 15 minutes to make this twist on the dessert—and it’s vegan. Plus, pecans are a good source of fiber and monounsaturated fats, so you can stock up on nutrients while you enjoy an evening (or any time of day) bite.
Why struggle with homemade pie crust when you can make these? Pumpkin, oats, almonds, and pumpkin pie spice makes them taste just like your mom's Thanksgiving dessert—but now you don't need a fork. Plus, rather than baking, they set in the fridge.
This mouth-watering recipe is essentially chocolate ganache rolled in cocoa powder—and it's ready in just 10 minutes. A hint of maple syrup, sea salt, and espresso powder gives these bites a uniquely decadent flavor.