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!!
72 thoughts on “No Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bites”
First off, happy birthday! You go for rocking in that weight loss department! It aint easy being food bloggers and to loss and keep weight off but you have done awesome!
I love having lil snack bites around so I am going to try out this fun twist for our next batch!
Aww thank you so much Meg – I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement!
Happy happy birthday Liz!! I love the new look of the site. GREEN! It looks good on you :) These little bites look delicious, wish I had some in my purse right now! :)
hah I love green!! Thank you so much Karen!!
Happy 34 and Happy new blog design!! I love it and love you!!
Aww thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it – I was ready for a little change. :) Can’t wait to see you!
I just happened to have all if these ingredients in the house to make these and the little guy went down for a nap just long enough for me to just make them. I managed to eat one on the way to his room. I have one major problem with this recipe, Liz. How am I not going to eat them all by tomorrow?!? Delicious! And so easy to make.
Oh I’m so glad you made them Kathy!!!! Aren’t they so good and easy?
Exactly the kind of recipe I love! Need to try this asap. Thank you so much, Liz, for this wonderful idea!
I hope you love them!! So easy to make!
Happy Birthday Liz! And, congrats for being such an inspiration for HEALTHY weight loss :-) It’s not my b-day for another month and 9 days, but I will gladly celebrate with you w/ one of these yummy bites!
Aww happy early birthday to you as well!
Liz!! Happy birthday!!! You look fabulous!!! I’m all about energy ball bites these days too .. and what’s not to love. . they’re no-bake, easy to make and delicious!! I always travel with mine now. . love and pinned!!
Thank you so much – you are the sweetest!
Mmmm, these look great. And I love your new design!
And HAPPY 34th!!!!!!! All the more reason to party it up this weekend!
Thank you my friend! Thanks for teaching me the chocolate chip trick!! :) xoxo Can’t wait to celebrate with you this week!
Happy Birthday, friend! These look awesome! I’m not sure I could stop at 1 … ha! :)
I know I didn’t stop at one – haha!! Thank you Sandy!
Is it wrong that I fear if I made these I would eat them all in one sitting? I have ZERO self control around deliciousness :)
Umm… I almost ate them all but my husband stopped me!
Woo hoo for keeping the pounds off and Happy Birthday girl!!!! I love delicious little snacks like these! Perfect for snacking on without the guilt!
Thank you so much!! Three cheers to guilt-less snacking!
Perfect little bites! Happy birthday to you AND congrats on this beautiful site!
Thank you so much Brenda!! That means a lot!
OMG! I could eat 27 of these bites right now. Also, love the new design and HAPPPPPPPPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!
hahah THANK YOU!!!!!! xoxo
Such a happy day! Happy birthday to you my friend!! Wish I could celebrate with you!
Your blog, bites and YOU look incredible!!!
Thank you so much!!! So grateful for you my friend!!
I! Love! Energy! Bites!!! These look fabulous and I can’t wait to try them out! Oh, and I have to also say that I’m so glad your busy travel month includes stopping by KC for ChoppedCon. Can’t wait to see you again. xoxo
I’m so glad too Marly!! Can’t wait!!
Happy birthday!!!!! Also, you inspired me to make my own bites, and I”m whipping up a batch this week. Cannot wait!
YAY!! I hope you become bite-obsessed like me!
Congrats on the weight loss goals! Thanks for including my energy bites in your post. :)
My pleasure – thank you!! :)
Happy happy birthday! We’re both on the chocolate coconut craze today :) these look so good and I need to make some!
Btw – I must’ve missed when you got a redesign but just wanted to let you know I think it looks beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful day! xoxo
Thank you so much!! You didn’t miss anything! We launched over the weekend and are still working on a few items but I will be doing an official announcement this week. :) So glad you like it!
Happy birthday, friend! Site looks gorgeous, these energy bites look delicious, and you’re looking FAB. ;) I think 34 is going to be one killer year for you! xo
Thank you so much Rachel!! I’m so glad you like the site – it was long overdue!! :) xoxo
Happy Birthday! These look like a fantastic birthday treat!
Thank you friend!! :) They sure are.