Chocolate Sunflower Butter Energy Bites

Yield: 16 to 18 energy bites Active time: 15 minutes Total time: 45 minutes July 29, 2017

Packing school lunches is a whole new challenge at our house. After six weeks, these protein-packed treats have become a lunchbox favorite. Any nut butter will do, though sunflower butter makes them allergy-friendly. They’re so easy to make that they’re a great hands-on activity to do with a new kindergartener, and they never come home at the end of the day (unlike those poor rejected baby carrots).

Recipe adapted from The Gingered Whisk.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sunflower butter cashew butter, or peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tbs. coconut oil

Directions

Line a plate or baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flaxseed, chia seeds, cocoa powder, vanilla, and protein powder.

In a small saucepan, melt the sunflower butter, honey, and coconut oil together until it becomes thin and liquid. It doesn’t need to cook, just warm up.

Using a rubber spatula, mix the sunflower butter mixture into the dry ingredients until well combined.

Using your hands, roll out 16 to 18 small round balls. They should be bite-sized, about 1 Tbs. worth at a time.

Place all the bites on the lined tray, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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