Almond Joy Energy Bites

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Sharing these simple “Almond Joy” energy bites today. Chewy oat bites loaded with almond butter, coconut, and mini chocolate chips. A perfect on the go snack, and full of fiber from the oats and chia seeds these are great between meals! A healthier version of the classic candy bar, made of only 6 ingredients, and done in about 10 minutes. Even better these will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week.

I just shared my classic Easy Oatmeal Cookies and I have a super easy and delicious granola recipe coming soon. I’ve also linked some of my other favorite oat recipes below, showing once again how a humble, budget friendly, nutrition packed item like oats can be so versatile. I also have a container of old fashioned oats and a container of quick oats on hand, this recipe and many no-bake recipes a like do well with quick oats. Granola and oatmeal cookies do well with old fashioned oats, if you are curious of the difference I will describe further down.

What is the difference between quick and old fashioned oats?

Recipes that include oats, are often very descriptive of whether they use quick oats or old fashioned oats. Quick oats, used in items such as instant oatmeal, do not have as much texture. They have been cut smaller and steamed longer then traditional old fashioned oats. Which makes them suitable for instant, no-bake recipes such as this.

Old fashioned oats, also called rolled oats, are rolled into flakes. That produces larger whole-grain oats that keep fresh for longer amounts of time. Old fashioned oats are good for baked oatmeal, cookies, and granola.

What is the difference between shredded coconut and desiccated coconut?

Should you use shredded coconut or desiccated coconut? Shredded coconut is bits of grated coconut, typically larger shreds. Desiccated coconut is more finely ground, producing thinner, smaller pieces. Desiccated coconut is also slightly drier than traditional shredded coconut. Either one will work in this recipe, I like desiccated coconut for my energy bites because they coat better than the large flakes. I also use unsweetened coconut in these bites since they are sweet enough with the other ingredients but you can find both sweetened and unsweetened coocnut.

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Try some of these other oat recipes!

Toasted Coconut, Cranberry and Almond Granola

Easy Oatmeal Cookies

Cranberry Almond Butter Granola

Oatmeal & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Vanilla Almond Super food Granola

Loaded Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Cranberry & Almond Granola

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, chia seeds, shredded coconut, and mini chocolate chips, stir to combine.

In a microwave safe bowl combine the almond butter and maple syrup, microwave for 30 seconds until warm. Stir to mix and pour over the oat mixture. Using a rubber spatula gently mix together until everything is evenly combined.

Use a small cookie scoop or a measuring spoon to scoop out even sized balls of the oat mixture. Use your hands to roll them into balls. If desired, roll the finished oat bites in the remaining shredded coconut. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days!

Other add-in ideas:

  • Chopped Almonds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Crunchy Almond Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Protein powder

Almond Joy Energy Bites

Chewy oat bites loaded with almond butter, coconut, and mini chocolate chips
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cost: $
Servings: 20 Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quick oats
  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Shredded coconut, I used unsweetened, desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup Mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter
  • 1/4 cup Pure maple syrup or honey
  • Extra coconut for rolling, if desired

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, chia seeds, shredded coconut, and mini chocolate chips, stir to combine.
  • In a microwave safe bowl combine the almond butter and maple syrup, microwave for 30 seconds until warm. Stir to mix and pour over the oat mixture. Using a rubber spatula gently mix together until everything is evenly combined.
  • Use a small cookie scoop or a measuring spoon to scoop out even sized balls of the oat mixture. Use your hands to roll them into balls. If desired, roll the finished oat bites in the remaining shredded coconut. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days!

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