Chocolate Banana Snack Bites

I’ve been seeing these so-called “energy bites” or “energy balls” around Pinterest for a couple years now, but I’d put them on my mental back burner.  Honestly, I don’t think I ever even saved them to my boards.  All the posts about them were claiming that you only had to eat one of them for a snack, and I’m really not that interested in tiny snacks.  If I’m gonna snack, I’m gonna snack hard.  The only exception is when I reach for a spoonful of peanut butter to tide me over if I’m hungry an hour before lunch or dinner.

I was about to go for the jar of peanut butter the other day when the idea of the “energy bites” hit me.  I mean, it’s basically a spoonful of peanut butter with some extra ingredients, right?  The food processor came out of the cabinet, and I started grabbing everything imaginable that sounded appropriate to combine with peanut butter.  Moments later, my first little hodge-podge energy bites were born!  I hadn’t measured anything, and I’d adjusted the ratios a few times to get the consistency right.  I made about ten, and we’ve since consumed them all.

For the first time in my life, I understand the hype.  They’re seriously delicious.  And for as tiny as they are, they’re pretty filling.  I’m not sure I can call them energy bites because I can’t attest to having felt tremendous amounts of energy after consuming them.  (However, I wasn’t planning on doing a blog post today, but then I ate two of those little guys, and here I am…)  “Snack bites” though?  I think yes.

This is actually the second batch of snack bites I’ve made, and to make them more blog-worthy, I kept my ingredients a little less everything-but-the-kitchen-sink.  Oliver loves everything peanut butter + banana, so I began with that idea but eventually decided on cashew butter, which he also loves.  I spent about ten minutes making a dozen, and we’ll be able to snack on them for a few days.

Dust off those food processors, y’all.

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Chocolate Banana Snack Bites - Grab & go gluten-free energy bites with banana, nut butter, chocolate chips, and more! Great for a sweet treat or a quick snack.

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Chocolate Banana Snack Bites

Grab & go gluten-free energy bites with banana, nut butter, chocolate chips, and more! Great for a sweet treat or a quick snack.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword energy bites, gluten free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Savannah

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter or peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon plus extra for rolling

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until oats are chopped smaller and all ingredients are well-incorporated.
  2. Add extra cashew butter if too dry or extra oats if too wet.  The consistency you should be looking for is a semi-crumbly dough that holds together well when molded into a ball.
  3. Roll dough into about a dozen 1" balls.  Roll each ball in extra cinnamon if desired.
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Snack Bites”

  1. Yum! I just made a raspberry treat like this and was wondering how to make a banana one. Thank you for this recipe 😘

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