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!
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.
However, the PB+J’s that I eat now aren’t exactly like I used to eat as a kid.
To be honest, I haven’t had a PB+J on white bread (like the good old days) in a looooong time. Now a days, I usually toast up two slices of sprouted bread, spread a thin layer of PB (the natural, no sugar kind) and then a dollop or two of homemade jam on top.
But boy, what I would give to have my upper mouth caked in sugary peanut butter while I’m biting down into a thin piece of white bread that’s so loaded with jelly it’s squirting through the bread.
That’s what these bites are reminiscent of, y’all. The *gooooood* PB+J’s.
Here’s the down low on these: they only have 5 ingredients and they take like, 5 minutes to make. What are in these wonderful balls of goodness you ask? Why, let me enlighten you!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- crunchy peanut butter for that good good peanut-ty texture,
- a load of jelly in each bite that’s so wonderfully sweet it makes your toes curl
- a lil bit of raw honey to make sure everything sticks together,
- oats for lots of healthy carbs
- and finally the healthiest little seeds to ever exist: chia seeds! they’re so crunchy and glorious and only 2 tbsps of these babes has 6 grams of protein!
So easy and delicious! I bet you 100 bucks you already have these ingredients in your pantry. Hehe ok, well, maybe instead of the money I’ll bet you a batch of these energy balls. Sound good? K good.
How To Make Them:
So, you’re gonna throw together all of the ingredients in a big ol’ bowl. Then, you’re gonna mix it all together and try not to eat it as you go. It should look something like this:
Next, you’re gonna sit back for a few minutes and inevitably scroll on Instagram while you wait for 15 minutes in the fridge for the “dough” to harden up a lil bit.
Once that’s done, all you do is begin to roll them into balls! I used a small cookie scoop and was able to make 15 balls. Of course, like I said earlier, I may or may not have eaten some of the mixture as I went along so yours may yield more than mine. I’m only human, okay?! ?
Last few moments of self control as you place the balls back into the fridge for the final hardening.
And then you’re all set!!
Look at these babies! Heart eyes forever.
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. The oats of course give you a huge boost of energy and the healthy carbs make sure that you stay full.
This snack isn’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!
Can I add other ingredients to this?
Depends! I think some chopped peanuts would be delicious, as well as some dried blueberries! You could also add in flax seed/flax meal for additional nutritional benefits. Lastly, feel free to use creamy peanut butter instead of crunchy OR maple syrup instead of honey.
What type of peanut butter did you use?
I used Trader Joe’s salted crunchy peanut butter. I like it because it literally has two ingredients: peanuts and salt. Very minimal and the most affordable “natural” PB on the market at $1.99. Check out some more items I love from Trader Joe’s here!
What type of jelly did you use?
I used the most amazing homemade blueberry jelly that I got from my stepdad. However, I would recommend any “more natural” jellies you can find in the store. Look for ones with less added sugar/processed ingredients! I would suggest a grape or strawberry flavor.
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!
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 oats (can sub GF!)
- 1/2 cup crunchy 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.
If you'd like, add a scoop of protein powder to these! My favorite is Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder.