I’ve tried about a dozen energy bites and bliss ball recipes – whatever you want to call them.
My problem with all of them (with the exception of this one) is that they are either too sweet or have too many ingredients.
Why are energy bites too sweet for me?
Most of them use processed pitted dates as the main ingredient because it makes a nice, sticky dough. My issue is that there are normally too many dates used, making energy bites too sweet.
That’s what I had in mind when I developed this recipe which also doesn’t need to be frozen! The bites even keep at room temperature.
This recipe only requires four pitted dates and more oats to balance the sweet flavor.
Another issue I have with most energy bite recipes is how expensive the ingredients can get. Many require protein powders, more expensive nuts (almonds, cashews) and slightly obscure ingredients like flaxseed meal. What? No thanks.
That’s why I chose pepitas. They’re cheaper, easy to find and can also go in salads or on oatmeal.
Pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds without a shell) are a great source of protein, fiber and iron but aren’t as high in calories as other nuts (looking at you almonds, peanuts and cashews).
Energy bites are one of the healthier snacks to make at home and are a great alternative to a protein or granola bar. And they only take 10 minutes to make!
For this recipe, each energy bite is 130 calories. I would eat two at a time for a good snack paired with some fruit.
Since this recipe only takes 10 minutes to make, it should be easy to add to your current meal prep routine too!
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