No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

My original No-Bake Energy Bites have been quite popular on this blog and for good reason! First, they are ridiculously yummy and nutritious and secondly, you don’t have to bake them! So since I know so many of you guys like those, I have been trying to come up with more no-bake energy bite recipes.

No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

This banana version is similar to the original recipe, but obviously, it uses banana! These are a great treat to eat before a workout or to take to work as a quick snack. They are also pretty kid-friendly so you can pack ’em for lunches or snacks! I think they are also sweet enough to enjoy at night as a little treat.

Since they are no-bake, you can experiment with add-ins. More nuts, chocolate chips, more or less agave, chia seeds, whatever you want to try!


No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup quick oats (use gluten-free oats if you want to for these to be gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or almond flour (use almond flour for gluten-free)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (you can also use honey or maple syrup)(can adjust if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, flour, cinnamon, and the salt and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, almond butter, agave, and the coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients. Stir in the chia seeds, flax, and the nuts. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes.
  2. Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 1-1 1/2-inch in diameter.
  3. Place the bites into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for about 1 week.

These are really best eaten cold as they can lose their shape and texture if they get too warm.

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No-Bake Banana Energy Bites

   

14 comments

  1. These look great, hearty and nutritious – exactly what I want in my mid-day pick-me-up!

  2. What a clever treat!! I love that they are no bake too! :)

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  5. Looking forward to making these, they look delicious!

  6. First of all I love these, great taste and boost! Mine came out sticky and not like the photo :( Any suggestions to firm them up? I did use light Agave, did not add the flaxseed and used only 1 nut- walnuts.

    • Hey Kelly, are you sure you added the flour? I would also double check that you didn’t accidentally add too much agave. They should definitely not be sticky. You can try adding more flour or using less agave next time.

  7. Do you have the nutrition info on this? Looks really good!

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  9. I substituted the coconut with melted margarine and the agave nectar with honey, and mine turned out like Kelly’s there. Too sticky to roll, even after I left it overnight. Decided to add half an egg white, a little baking powder, and turn them into cookies. My cookies are dense though, like stale muffins. Still tastes good, but anytime I make protein balls, they always come out too sticky even if I add more protein and flour. :( Next time more oats or less honey, maybe?

    • Natalie, the margarine might be the issue. When coconut oil hits room temperature or is chilled, it becomes completely solid, much more so than margarine. You can certainly experiment with more oats and the sweetener, but I’d start with actually using coconut oil and see if that makes a difference.

  10. Seriously? You say use gluten free oats, if you want it gluten free, then the very next ingredient is wheat flour? These are not celiac friendly, even if you use GF oats. 

  11. I made these and they have a great taste, but for some reason, they came out very runny.  So runny that I could barely even roll them even after they sat in the fridge for over 3 hours!  Not sure what happened.  I did use honey instead of agave.  I used all other ingredients as directed.  But what I could manage to roll, i just froze them and eat them that way!  

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