Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bites

With kids back at school, your busy schedule just became even busier. Making quick and healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks for everyone in the family is important, but can seem impossible with only 24 hours in a day.

These dark chocolate and peanut butter energy bites are a great way to make sure you’ve got a healthy snack on hand to help manage the chaos. This recipe rules because it doesn’t have many ingredients and there’s no cooking or baking involved.

Store-bought granola bars are a go-to snack to throw in to kids’ backpacks and lunch boxes, but come with added sugars, calories and carbs. Making homemade versions like these bites is a great way to avoid excess fats and sugars.

These energy bites are high in protein which helps to increase fat burn, keeps you hunger-free for hours and provides a good dose of fiber.

Photo Credit: A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

  • 16 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. of water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Instructions
1. Add the dates, peanut butter, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to your food processor. Process the mixture on high speed until it's smooth with no large chunks, scraping down the sides to make sure everything is incorporated.
2. Continue processing on high speed, adding the water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is soft.
3. Transfer the peanut butter mixture to a bowl and add the oats and the chocolate chips. Stir everything together well with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and then roll the mixture into about 16 balls.
4. Place the balls in a parchment-lined container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Enjoy!


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