These Power-Packed Gluten-Free Energy Bites are the newest rage in our house…
The idea came from my good friend who has been making a version of these on a regular basis in her house. She can make a double batch and then have them disappear within days.
Not too long ago I decided I would come up with my own version of these (mainly because I could not get a hold of her to get her recipe on the day that I had planned on making them). So…I had to improvise.
I am not sure what she will think of my version compared to hers, but at least my kiddos made an official call that these rock – especially because they can make them completely by themselves.
We have made them three more times since the original batch, and they are a coveted treat once the boys roll in after school.
They are a power-packed snack and go a long way in holding over the kids to get them through that “witching hour” after school. And they definitely rank up there at the top of our list, along with our other favorite healthy treat, the Gluten-Free Oatmeal Granola Cookie Bars.
They boast a punch of protein, a hit of Omegas, and are totally nutrient dense. They are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and nut-free (though you can easily add nuts to these too). They are also raw.
For a treat that takes only 5 minutes to throw together, you really can’t go wrong by keeping these stashed in the fridge for a quick and healthy snack!
Vegan Gluten-Free Energy Bites
- 1 Cup Certified Gluten Free Oats (or Quinoa Flakes if you don’t tolerate Oats)
- 3 Tbsp Ground Chia
- 3 Tbsp Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds (or Pumpkin Seeds, Coarsely Chopped)
- 2-3 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 2/3 Cup Sunflower Seed Butter (or your favorite Nut Butter)
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup OR Raw Honey
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/3 – 1/2 Cup Mix-Ins (such as Raisins, Dried Cranberries, or Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips-or a combination of all)
1. In large bowl, combine Oats, Ground Chia, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Powder, Cinnamon, and Sea Salt. Add in Sunflower-Seed Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, and Mix-Ins. Mix until just combined.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1 Tbsp of mixture and roll between hands into ball. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat until all the mixture is used. Depending on the size, this should make about 20-30 balls.
3. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set. Once chilled, store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
And for my list of 10 Allergy-Friendly After School Snack Ideas, go check out my post on The Balanced Platter today to find even more ways to beat that dreaded “witching hour”.
What is your favorite after school snack? Do you have any new ideas for me?