Chewy and delicious grab-and-go fuel, these Chocolate Chia Coconut Energy Bites are perfect for stashing in your purse, gym bag or desk drawer.
Today is a special day – it’s my 34th birthday! I thought about sharing a fabulous cake or indulgent dessert recipe to celebrate but if I’m being honest, I feel happiest when I can walk into my closet and fit into all of my clothes or pop into a boutique store and not worry that none of the dresses will fit.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge cake or sweets person but I do love chocolate and eat it regularly. In fact, indulging in my chocolate cravings on a regular basis keeps me on track.
October is a busy travel month for me which means it is even harder for me to stay on track with my weight loss goals. No matter the trip, whenever I am on the road I never exercise as much, drink as much water or eat as healthfully as I do when I am home.
But guess what? We are in #NoExcuses zone so I am going to do everything I can to minimize the damage. Travel is not the time to be setting lofty weight loss goals but I am going to work my tail off to maintain the 46+ pounds I’ve lost since Jacob was born.
Case in point: I will be keeping a stash of these Chocolate Chia Coconut Energy Bites in my purse to tide me over during airport layovers or to munch on after a hotel gym workout.
Each batch makes 24 bites but you can easily double them up and pair them with a piece of fruit to turn them into a convenient breakfast on the go. My husband likes to take them to work for an afternoon snack and my toddler loves them any time of the day.
I must give a shout out to my kind, gorgeous and enormously talented friend Ali who inspires me to make my food look beautiful. She recently taught me to poke a few chocolate chips into the sides of the bites so that they look as good as they taste! (Don’t worry, they are accounted for in the nutrition facts – 1/4 cup is plenty for this trick.)
Frequently asked questions:
Are these energy bites Gluten-Free?
They can be! Just be sure to buy gluten-free oats (that aren’t manufactured in a gluten plant) and vegan chocolate chips. :)
How long will these last for?
These can be stored in a air tight container up to 5 days.
No forks required.
No Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bites
- ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter (such as JIF or Skippy)
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups oats (old fashioned or quick cooking)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter and honey until smooth. Stir in cinnamon and salt.
- Add oats, chia, coconut and flax seed meal to the bowl and stir until evenly incorporated.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that all ingredients are combined then stir in chocolate chips.
- Use a small/medium cookie scoop to form into bite-sized balls. Can be served immediately or chilled if you prefer them cold.
Friends, what are your best tips for staying healthy while traveling? I am all ears!!
Love these energy bites! I have made them three times now. The whole family loves them. I use Manuka honey as a slightly healthier version of honey. My son has a nut allergy so we also substitute sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter. We like the all natural butters so they did turn out a little crumbly, but I found that when I formed the balls I was able to make them stick together. I plan to add a little more honey next time to make it a little easier to form. Thanks so much for such a great recipe!
Ahhh I’m so glad you enjoyed these Marissa! Great idea to use sunflower seed butter!!!
These are really delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!
Of course! Enjoy!
Im assuming these aren’t dairy/gluten free since it’s not stated . What substitutions can I make to make these gluten/dairy free? It’s all new to me.
Yes they are dairy and gluten free! Just be sure to buy gluten free oats (that aren’t manufactured in a gluten plant) and vegan chocolate chips. :)
Can I omit the flax seeds from this recipe? Or do you have a suggested alternative? Thanks
You can omit it!
Well don’t these look tasty! Thanks for including my brownie bites.
Hello – I tried this recipe for the first time and found it to be seriously dry, I couldn’t get the balls to hold together before I added the chocolate chips, so I didn’t even add them. Anyone else have that problem? If so, what was your solution?
Thanks & Happy Fourth of July!
Hi Shelly – Did you make any substitutions? I make these a lot and never have any issues but I wonder if you used the right peanut butter. It needs to be a creamy version like Skippy or JIF and not a 100% natural like you’d find at Whole Foods. Just a suggestion! Would love to make these work for you! Also, you can always add more peanut butter or honey to reach desired consistency!
I did use a natural nut butter…. ok, I will retry! Thanks!!
Make sure to use a creamy version with an emulsifier such as Skippy or JIF. Good luck!
It would be helpful if you amended your recipe, as it says natural peanut butter. Heidi
Hi Heidi – The recipe calls for creamy natural peanut butter. What exactly do you want me to amend? Thanks for clarifying!
I’d suggest adding your recommendations regarding Skippy or Jif as a footnote ON the recipe.
Most people I know don’t consider those brands natural due to the additives in them.
None the less I added some melted coconut oil & they taste GREAT! Love the Chia seeds.
Made them as a gift for a Marathon runner who enjoyed them, as well as the Chocolate Cherry recipe. Th ones left over have been devoured by my family & I.
Ahh ok I will do that Heidi! Yes I agree and can see your point. :) So glad you found a way to make it work!!!
Hi Heidi – Just revised the recipe!! Let me know if that looks better!
Chocolate and coconut is a great combo!
Are they pretty crumbly or do they stay together pretty well? I didnt have flax seed (so used a bit of oil instead) and they wouldn’t stay together! Still pretty tasty, though.
The flax seed helps them stay together – almost like flour. Also, I like to rub them around a little bit to let the oils come out of the nuts. Hope that helps!
I hope you had a very Happy Birthday!!!
First of all – LOVE LOVE LOVE the redesign!!! Second of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I totally feel you on the wanting to stuck to your health goals even on your birthday. Plus eating these little chocolate-stuffed bites is the perfect way to feel like you’re indulging without actually indulging.
Aww thank you so much for noticing!!! xoxo
Congrats on the weight loss! You ROCK!! Also these energy bites are perfect a little sweet, but filled with nutritious goodness!
Thank you so much Sophia – you’re so sweet!
Happiest birthday wishes to you, friend! The site looks fantastic, by the way, and these bites? I’m thinking about getting out of bed just to make them so I have them on hand for snacking tomorrow (or let’s be real — midnight snacking tonight).
You will love these Steph!!! So fast to put together. xoxox
Happy Birthday! These look absolutely amazing. Perfect snack to keep you full throughout the day!
Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes!