Peanut Butter, almond butter, cashew butter...all the butters are just wonderful creamy, gooey, spreadable goodness. Tasty and filling, peanut butter is chock full of heart healthy stuff. Spread on toast, paired with jelly, crushed on pad thai noodles. There are so many applications. When it comes to that time between lunch and dinner, Peanut Butter Energy Bites will have you zipping through the rest of the day.
What's the deal with powdered peanut butter?
The science of how this magical powder has come to exist is beyond me. Ok, perhaps not beyond me thanks to the powers of the almighty Google.
Regardless, the concept of 'powdered peanut butter' is strange at first. PB2 and other powdered peanut butter brands provide all the creamy, sticky goodness of regular fresh ground peanut butter but with up to 85% less the fat calories.
By pressing the fat calorie producing oils from the peanuts and leaving them in powdered form, you can slather up your morning toast without the guilt. All it takes is just a little h20 and four ingredients.
Ok...but an energy bite?
Well, maybe more than just one bite please if you're in the company of others. These things will SAVE you.When that post lunch snack craving comes around or maybe you're stuck in traffic and didn't have time to make breakfast. Store a few of these round snack savers in your center console or purse to keep bad decisions at bay. Particularly when someone puts out a cookie tray in the conference room or driving past your favorite fast food stop.
A combination of oats, peanut butter powder, raw honey and chocolate chips all rolled up in one or two sweet and satisfying bite. The PB2 brings all the peanut butter flavor your could ask for along with creamy texture. Raw honey adds just a touch of sweetness and natural antioxidants. Oats aide to silence embarrassing stomach growls and chocolate chips...because chocolate. duh.
Highly recommending the 'Enjoy Life' brand of mini chocolate chips for your bites. The 'mini' shape ensures chocolate in every nibble and the 'Enjoy Life' brand ensures safety for any gluten, dairy or soy allergies. Sounds like a win to me!
Need more powdered peanut butter recipes in your life? Try these!
'Skinny' Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- ¾ cup powdered peanut butter (such as PB2 brand)
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- In a bowl, add first three ingredients and whisk together. After ingredients form a paste, switch to a spatula and stir vigorously until mixture is 'creamy' and there are no clumps.
- Add oats and chocolate chips. Stir well to combine. Oats should be evenly coated with peanut-honey mixture.
- Let chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, take about 1 tablespoon of energy bite mixture and form into balls.*
- If hands become too sticky and the mixture sticks to hands instead of rolling into a ball, wash and thoroughly dry your hands before resuming.
- Calorie count will vary depending on brands used, especially for the chocolate chips. Nutrition information updated 5/19/21.
Look perfect! What about adding chia seeds and protein powder? What would the ratio be or would it matter?
I would recommend adjusting the liquids for protein powder. Either a bit more honey or water. Start with 1 tablespoon and keep adding until you get the right consistency.
These are crazy good. Don’t even realize it’s not real peanut butter. Best of all it’s a use for my TruNut that isn’t just scooping it into my mouth hole.
Blake Valdetero says
Why are mine not sticking together?
Hi Blake - I'm sorry the energy bites weren't sticking together for you! Do you have a little more information about how you made them? Perhaps the PB powder and liquid ingredients need just a touch more water? Sometimes the powder really clumps together.
Made these today just to use up the last of pb powder.. impressive little energy bites! They are so good and easy. I may add some toasted sesame seeds next round.
Yummy! They were a little too sweet for us, but I’m sure I can just dial back the honey a bit.
Amazing! I added about 1 T cocoa powder for more chocolatey goodness. Also rolled smaller balls to yield about 22. Yum!
Ashley Baranski says
Switched out the mini chocolate chips for chopped 72% Dark Chocolate and this recipe was amazing. The Kids, and my husband love the flavor. I pack 2-4 bites along with some fruit as a snack for school lunches or just on the go snacks. Make sure you make the x3 size if you have a family, these disappear quickly!!!
Really easy and very yummy! With Lily's Baking Chips and Lakanto Maple Syrup these still came in a bit higher than the calories listed. With MyFitnessPal I got these at 65 calories a piece, which is still a lot less than most energy bites. Thank you for a great recipe!
This is just the kind of recipe I was looking for, thank you. Can I use quick oats or will that ruin the recipe?
I haven't tried it with quick oats. They may absorb a bit more of the liquid than standard old fashioned oats, but you could just make the PB2 slurry with a little more water.
I used quick oats with no problem.
These are great! Is there any way for me to see the nutrition facts of them??
whoops nevermind! just saw them.
These are really great! I was looking for an unbaked oatmeal cookie using PB2 or the like. These are delicious! Thank you!
Thanks for your review Melody!
I made my kids some double chocolate m&m cookies this afternoon and was needing something to keep me away from them and these totally did the trick! I used the chocolate PB&Me (Canada brand I think?) And I reduced the honey to 2T and the chips to 2T and made 14 balls, and myfitnesspal tells me that mine are 62 calories per ball so I definitely used higher calorie ingredients somehow compared to yours (maybe the cocoa in the PB powder?) Anyway it worked out by reducing the portion that they are still quite low. They are very delicious too!! Thanks for the share <3
Made these last night & they are delicious! Do you mind sharing what brand of ingredients you are using? Mine came out to double the calories (105 each) & I would like to cut the calories for my next batch. Thanks!
Desiree Velasco says
I love these. I add a couple table spoons of soft coconut oil to include a healthy fat. It taste delicious. 😍 thanks for sharing.
Jessica Kirk says
This will definitely help with my afternoon cravings for that little something sweet.