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No Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bites

    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.

    Chocolate Chia Coconut Energy Bites

    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.

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    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.

    Chocolate Chia Coconut Energy Bites lined up

    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.

    Chocolate Chia Coconut Energy Bites lined up

    No Bake Chocolate Chia Energy Bites

    4.37 stars average
    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.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
    Servings: 24

    Ingredients
     

    • 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

    Instructions
     

    • 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.

    Notes

    Energy bites can be kept in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 9.9gProtein: 2.6gFat: 4.6gSaturated Fat: 1.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.5gSodium: 44mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 4.8g
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    Friends, what are your best tips for staying healthy while traveling? I am all ears!!

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    72 Comments

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

    3. 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

    4. 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

      1. 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!

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