Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites

bite taken out of Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bite

These Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites are the perfect bite-sized snacks filled with wholesome, pantry staple ingredients! Perfect for on the go, for school, or happy desk lunches! 

I know that the energy bite craze has been around for a long time now! I remember in my senior year of college being like, wait, you can put things like chocolate chip and sweetened coconut with oats and call it a health snack?! HECK YES. I was so pumped. My roommate Molly and I constantly had huge containers of energy bites in our fridge and when we would inevitably forget an ingredient (usually honey), we would just eat the mixture with a spoon instead of rolling it into balls. #collegelife

bowl of Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites

Over the years, I have posted a few fun energy bite recipes on the blog. For instance, there are the lovable Carrot Cake variety, or I do love the Peanut Butter and Jelly ones! But for some reason, these are always my go-to. Probably because they are so pantry friendly and you don’t need extra expensive ingredients to make them hold together. 

Energy Bite Pro-Tips: 

  • Use a food processor to help blend everything together! 

If you have one, I highly recommend using a food processor to make these! They make sure that all of your ingredients are evenly mixed together (as in, you don’t get a huge glob of peanut butter in one energy bite and the next is dry as a bone). 

  • For this recipe, use crunchy peanut butter! 

By using crunchy peanut butter, you’re basically adding in an extra ingredient (hey crunchy peanuts!) without actually buying/using real peanuts. Budget win! 

  • You need something sticky to help emulsify the bites! 

I prefer honey and I always have. If you’re vegan, you could always use maple syrup or agave sweetener! I know a lot of people use pitted dates but I’m tryna keep this recipe super easy/no expensive ingredients so….

These Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites are SO good. They’re loaded with crunchy peanut butter, lots of rolled oats, crunchy chia seeds and they have a scoop of protein in them to make sure they are the perfect nutritious snack for you to perk you back up. I’m looking at you, 3 PM work slump. Let’s get into how to make them!

lots of Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites

Ingredients You Need for Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites: 

  • rolled oats 
  • chia seeds
  • crunchy peanut butter (My favorite for this recipe is the Nuttzo Peanut Pro Crunchy – it’s SO good!!!)
  • raw honey 
  • vanilla extract
  • salt 
  • favorite scoop of protein powder (My all time favorite is the Bob’s Red Mill in the vanilla flavor because it tastes like funfetti cake mix haha!)

How to Make Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites: 

Grab a food processor! To it, add the rolled oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, salt and protein powder. So basically – add all of the ingredients haha!

ingredients for energy bites in food processor

Pulse in the food processor until the ingredients are all combined and can be easily rolled into balls. NOTE: If the mixture is still falling apart, add either more peanut butter or honey until it is stickier and is easy to roll. However, I found that the measurements I used below in the recipe card worked for me!

pulsed ingredients in food processor

Roll 1-2 tbsp worth of the mixture into your hands – I personally did about 2 bite size worth balls. Next, add to a baking sheet and stick in the freezer. Freeze for about 30 minutes or so and then eat up! I made sure to store mine in the fridge. 

close up of Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bite

Grab one of these for an on the go snack, eat it while you’re at home watching TV, pack it in your lunch or just eat it out of the fridge just like Molly and I used to in college. 

stacked with a bite taken out of it

Hope you guys enjoyed this one! XO. 

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few more you might like: 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins 

Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Cookies 

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Disclaimer: Nuttzo gifted me a jar of their peanut butter to re-create this recipe with. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. You can find this recipe HERE on their website as well! Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make OBB possible! 

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Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites are the perfect bite-sized snacks filled with wholesome, pantry staple ingredients! Perfect for on the go, for school, or happy desk lunches! 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter protein energy bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezer Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup crunchy nut butter (I love the Nuttzo Peanut Pro Crunchy!)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 scoop (or about 1/2 cup) of your favorite protein powder - vanilla works best for this recipe!

Instructions

  1. Add the oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, salt and protein powder into your food processor. 

  2. Pulse until they are all combined and can be easily rolled into balls. If the mixture is falling apart, add more peanut butter or honey until it’s stickier. I found that the above measurements worked for me!

  3. Roll into small one or two bite size balls. Place on a baking sheet and into the freezer. Freeze for about 30 minutes. Eat up! Store in refrigerator. 

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