This week I am daylighting (which is sort of like moonlighting) over at Sparkles & a Stove where I shared a No Bake Energy Bites recipe. Only this one? Much nuttier and a bit more chocolate-y. See below? Chocolate. But if you’re going to eat something sweet, it might as well have some healthy stuff in it too, like raw pecans and almonds and local honey. I know this is a concern for many of you, so these nutty energy balls will be a happy treat for you.
- 1 cup pecans, raw
- 1 cup almonds, raw
- about 1/3 cup honey, plus maybe a little more
- about 1/3 cup peanut butter (use natural with just nuts)
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
- Using a small blender, chop the nuts until they are almost a fine powder. In a mixing bowl, stir in the oats until well combined. Add honey and peanut butter and stir until the mixture will hold. Roll into balls and set on wax paper. Place in the freezer for 10-20 minutes.
- Melt chocolate either in a double broiler or over low heat, stirring frequently. Once melted and smooth, remove from heat.
- Using a fork, cover and roll the cold energy balls in the chocolate until they are well-coated. Put back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens. Store in the fridge.
- These would be great without chocolate as well. You can make without peanut butter, but just the honey makes them a tad too sweet.
These were family approved and easy to make. We are trying to cut down on the sugar, but when we need something sweet, I’d love something real inside. Having raw pecans and almonds, plus local honey for immunities, makes these a better choice than a typical cookie. They would also make great Christmas gifts at a time when people are being sweeted-out. While oats can sometimes be cross-contaminated in processing or packaging with gluten, according to my GF BFFs, these are pretty safely gluten free. If you chose to take out the oats completely, it probably wouldn’t change the consistency that much, you might need more or less honey/peanut butter.