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Kevin Curry

Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Bites

Here is the special recipe for no-bake energy bites that’ll perfectly fit your healthy diet plan.

When you need a pick me up and don’t wanna reach for a candy bar, reach for real delicious food instead. It’ll satisfy and nourish. Here’s my favorite base recipe for an “energy bar” that I like to make even smaller for bites. Remember, snacks should help hold you over until your next meal, so no need to make these completely satisfying – these are perfect to curb hunger and sweet cravings.

You can make these into bites, as shown here, or make thick bars – it largely depends on you and your needs.

Here are 4 ways to customize this recipe:

Use a combination of dried fruit to use with the dates. For example, add in a few dried cherries to give the bars a fruity flavor.
Swap almond butter with peanut butter or cashew butter.
Spice it up with your favorite dried herbs, seasonings and spices.
Boost protein by incorporate your favorite flavor of lean protein powder (meaning protein with 0g fats and 0g carbs)

Use a food processor to blend oats, protein and cinnamon. You’ll want to get a smooth mass like powder. Then, add soaked dates, nut butter and vanilla extract. Blend until you get a sticky mixture.

Place it evenly on a baking tray on a baking sheet and freeze for a couple of minutes. In the meantime, melt a bar of chocolate or chocolate chips. Spread the melted chocolate on top of the mixture and place it back in a freezer for an hour.

After one hour, take it from the freezer, cut it into the desired sizes and enjoy your oatmeal energy bars. Viola!

For more healthy energy bite recipes, download the Fitmen app and explore other options. Stay healthy, my fit foodies!

Ingredients for 24 bites

  • 3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 60g unflavored protein powder
    • I used collagen peptide protein.  I highly recommend using it OR substituting with an isolate whey protein with 0g fats and 0g carbs.  Depending on which type of protein powder you use, you may need more/less dates for sweetness and to help with binding, OR you may need more/less nut butter.  The thicker the protein powder is, the more dates and nut butter you will need to add in order to make it dense like a bar.
    • You can also use vanilla or chocolate flavored protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 14 (263g) pitted dates
    • Note: I soaked my dates in water for 5 minutes before blending in order to soften them and make them easier to blend. 
  • 1 measured cup (16 tablespoons) almond butter (with oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5oz no-sugar added dark chocolate baking bar with Stevia (I used Lily’s brand)

STEPS

Step 1

Add oatmeal, protein and cinnamon to a food processor or high powered blender.  Blend until you have a fine powder like flour.

Step 2

Add the pitted dates, nut butter and extract.  Note: I soaked my dates in water for 5 minutes before blending in order to soften them and make them easier to blend. Pulse blend until you have a sticky, chunky mixture.

Step 3

Scoop out the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  The smaller the tray, the thicker (higher) your bars will be, so select the size that coincides with your desired thickness.  Spread it evenly on the sheet and pat/mash it down so it is packed in.  Place in the freezer as you prepare the chocolate.

Step 4

Place chocolate bar (or chunks) in a microwaveable safe bowl and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until melted.  Remove the tray from the freezer and evenly spread the melted chocolate on top of the oat & protein mix.

Step 5

Place in the freezer for 1 hour (or fridge for 2 hours), then remove and cut into your desired portions.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks or freezer for 1 month.

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Details

Prep 5min
Cook 10min
Total 15min

Nutrition per serving

Calories130cal
Protein6g
Fats8g
Carbs15g
Fiber4g
Sugar8g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!