These peanut butter and jelly energy bites taste just like the classic you love! They’re loaded with crunchy peanut butter, swirls of jelly and healthy add ins like oats and chia seeds!
This recipe was originally published in August 2018 – I’ve since updated the photos for a fresh look!
I don’t think peanut butter and jelly will ever go out of style. People have been eating these since they were children and if you’re anything like my husband and I, still eat them to this day.
If you’ve never had a PB+J on white bread with the jelly oozing out…you’ve missed out.
These peanut butter and jelly bites aren’t like that bag of cool ranch Doritos that you eat while you’re watching Netflix and then realize half the bag is gone but you’re still kinda hungry.
Oh no, one or two of these bag boys and you will have a boost of energy and your belly will be so happy with you for feeding it all that nutritious goodness!
Why I Love These Bites:
Here’s the down low on these: they only have 5 ingredients and they take like, 5 minutes to make.
They’re extra crunchy from the chia seeds and the peanuts. The homemade jam really gives these guys a sweet spot without ever overpowering it.
The honey acts as a sticky binder to make sure it all stays together but once again, doesn’t make the ball overly sweet.
I love that they are loaded with creamy peanut butter but also have a hint of sweetness from the jelly and honey!
The chia seeds are crunchy and a great add for extra fiber and a boost of energy and HELLO PROTEIN! Did you know that only 2 tbsp of chia seeds boasts 6 grams of protein? Pretty cool.
The oats are chewy – the bites hold together wonderfully and they have all of the joyous characteristics of a classic pb and j that you love – simply reimagined as an energy bite!
These are perfect to eat for a snack at 3 PM when you’re feeling slumpy and aren’t sure if you’ll be able to make it to the end of the day! Ha!
What are in these wonderful balls of goodness you ask? Why, let me enlighten you!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Creamy salted peanut butter
- Homemade or storebought jelly
- Honey (this helps everything stick together)
- Rolled oats
- Chia seeds
So easy and delicious and the awesome thing is you might already have all of these ingredients in your pantry! Win win!
Best Tips for Making These Bites
Truthfully, I don’t have too many tips to give you…because good news, these are insanely simple! But we can give it a whirl!
First, this is a ONE-BOWL recipe! Yup! So make sure that you use a large bowl to mix the ingredients in.
You literally just place all of the ingredients in the bowl. Then, you’re gonna mix it all together and try not to eat it as you go. It should look something like this:
The next tip I have is to make sure that after the “dough” is fully combined, place it in the fridge (just right in the bowl) for at least 15 minutes to let it harden up. This will ensure that it doesn’t just fall apart in your hands as you try to roll them into bite size balls.
Once that’s done, all you do is begin to roll them into balls! I used about somewhere between a teaspoon and a tablespoon worth for each ball and was able to make 15 balls.
Feel free to make these as big or small as you’d like!
Last tip? Foster some self control by not eating them all at one time haha (and yes, I’m talking to myself) and let them harden just for a few more moments in the fridge.
And then you’re all set!! Look at these babies! Heart eyes forever.
Can I add or substitute ingredients?
Depends! I think some chopped peanuts would be delicious. You could also add in flax seed/flax meal for additional nutritional benefits. Lastly, if you don’t have honey, you could use maple syrup.
I used Trader Joe’s salted creamy peanut butter. Feel free to use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.
I used the homemade jelly that I made myself with local strawberries! However, I would recommend any “more natural” strawberry or grape jellies you can find in the store OR you could add in some dried blueberries for sweetness.
My favorite part about these is that you can add them to your meal prep routine on Sunday, make a big batch and be set for the entire week! Goodbye, bag of Doritos and hello to beautiful peanut butter and jelly energy bites!
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites
These peanut butter and jelly energy bites taste just like the classic you love! They're loaded with crunchy peanut butter, swirls of jelly and healthy add ins like oats and chia seeds!
- 1 cup rolled oats (can sub GF!)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup jelly of your choice (i recommend strawberry or grape!)
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
Add all of your ingredients into a large bowl. Mix together and allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden.
Once done, use a cookie scoop to roll into small bite size balls (the equivalent of about 1 tbsp per ball) It should yield about 15. Place back into the fridge and let them harden for an additional 5 minutes.
Enjoy! These last for up to a week.
Store in tupperware in the fridge or at room temperature for up to a week!