Today I’m bringing you a recipe for one of my favorite pre-workout snacks: Energy bites! Honestly, I’d never even heard of energy bites until I started working out, and scouring Pinterest I found all sorts of recipes. The great thing about energy bites is that they’re so customizable; you can add pretty much anything to them and they’ll still taste amazing! Just use rolled oats as the base and you have an endless supply of combinations.
So here’s the thing. The energy bites I make are solely for pre-workouts, which means I need something that has at least some sort of protein to get me through an hour of exercise before I can get breakfast. I’m also watching my added sugar intake, so I also need something that won’t me crash from a sugar overload. The reason I say this is because some of the energy bites I’ve seen on Pinterest look delicious but are packed full of sugary goodness. Monster cookie energy bites? With M&Ms? Holy cow. Absolutely nothing wrong with M&Ms, but I can’t handle that early in the morning.
These energy bites contain as little added sugar as possible. The protein powder does have a little, and honey basically is sugar, but the peanut butter is all natural, so the ingredient list contains one thing: Peanuts. I think this would be great with shredded coconut, but the only kind I have at home is sweetened, so next time I’m at the store I’ll be sure to buy unsweetened.
Next time, try these energy bites as your pre- or post-workout snack! At around 100 calories each, they’re a great way to keep going during exercise.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 scoops chocolate protein powder
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 3 hours to let the ingredients harden.
- Roll into 13-14 balls and place in an airtight container, storing it in the fridge.