Prior to starting Crunchy For Me, I had made some oatmeal, no-bake breakfast balls that were great for those mornings when I was rushing out the door. Those particular breakfast balls didn’t have any peanut butter, so I looked around on Pinterest for something similar that included peanut butter as a main ingredient. Enter Banana Oat Energy Bites, a recipe by TipHero.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup Reginald’s Homemade Nana Honey Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions (from TipHero)
- Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in the rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, and cinnamon.
- Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a 1-inch. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, allowing the oats enough time to soften.
- Store the energy bites in the refrigerator.
Time to Prepare
2 hours and 15 minutes (15 minutes of preparation, 2 hours for refrigeration)
Similar to most recipes I’ve featured on Crunchy For Me, these energy bites are very easy to make. The recipe isn’t super involved, so I was able to whip these up late at night when I’d normally be unwinding and getting ready for bed.
By the way, is there anything better than waking up on a weekday with breakfast already made? I was glad I spent some time the night before making these energy bites, because they’re perfect for a quick, easy breakfast. They have tons of flavor, and are perhaps the best use of Reginald’s Homemade Nana Honey Peanut Butter. Everything from the cinnamon, peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips blend together to create a nice sweet, cool treat.
Despite all of the sweet ingredients in this recipe, it doesn’t feel like you’re eating dessert, so you don’t feel guilty when you enjoy these energy bites for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. They also fill you up, so I didn’t feel the need to have my usual pre-lunch snack. (Yes, I have pre-lunch snacks. Five small meals a day, right?) They’re also far better than the Quinoa Peanut Butter Snack Balls I made last month.
As you can see in the pictures, I deviated a little bit from the recipe, as I used regular chocolate chips instead of mini chocolate chips. I didn’t think there’d be much of a difference, but I regret not sticking to the recipe. Using mini chocolate chips would have created a better distribution of chocolate throughout each energy bite. Also, since these energy bites are stored in the refrigerator, bitting into cold, regular-sized chocolate chips isn’t as pleasant and deviates too much from the soft energy bites. Those chocolate chips hiding inside of the energy bites can also catch you off guard. Despite this poor decision-making on my part, these energy bites were very enjoyable and only lasted two mornings. In fact, I have to say that these are one of my favorite recipes that I’ve featured on Crunchy For Me to date.
Have you made this recipe, or one similar to it? Do you have a favorite peanut butter ball/bite recipe? Leave a comment below!