The ultimate Vegan and Gluten Free Energy Bites Recipe! Packed with plant based protein, healthy fats, and whole grain gluten free oats, these healthy energy bites taste like cookie dough.
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Gluten free energy bites have become a staple in our house. They’re a tasty and healthy snack to keep in the fridge for lunch boxes, after school snacks, or any of those on-the-go moments.
These energy bites store well in the freezer, so you can make a double or triple batch and keep some on hand. Just move them to the fridge about half an hour before you’ll want to eat them so they have time to thaw.
I love keeping energy bites on hand to grab on the run (which I often am). This working mom of 4 needs quick and healthy options to keep me fueled all day long!
My kids also love them and we often pack them to soccer games or other sports activities.
How to Make Energy Bites:
All you’ll need are a few healthy, real ingredients like whole grain oats, honey, peanut butter, and sometimes protein powder or other mix-ins.
Energy bites are quick and easy to make. You’ll add all the ingredients to a food processor (I use a mini one) and pulse to combine. The wet ingredients will bind everything together and create a mixture like cookie dough.
If your dough is too dry and crumbly, add a little more almond milk (or other milk of choice). If it’s too sticky, add a tablespoon or two of oats to get the right texture.
Are Energy Bites Healthy?
They can be! Because most recipes use honey or maple syrup as a sweetener and binding agent, energy bites often have quite a bit of sugar. I decided to use OWYN protein powder and almond milk to give these energy bites a creamy texture and sweet flavor without all that added sugar.
Adding protein powder helps stabilize blood sugar levels and will keep you full longer, and each delicious bite has only 2 grams of sugar but still tastes amazing. That means these gluten free energy bites are healthy AND delicious!
I’ve been searching for a good vegan protein powder for a few years and have tried half a dozen brands. While I am not one to waste food, most of them have ended up in the trash 🙁
A few months ago I tried a new vegan protein powder called OWYN (Only What You Need). I was pleasantly surprised with the smooth and creamy texture and it actually tastes good!
All their protein powders and ready-to-drink shakes are free from the top 8 allergens, making them perfect for this food allergy family.
Let’s Talk Gluten Free Oats
When making gluten free energy bites, you’ll want to pay attention to which oats you use. While oats are naturally gluten free, they are often grown on the same fields as wheat and/or harvested with the same equipment. Because of this, oats have a high chance of cross contamination.
Some oats that are labelled ‘gluten free’ still contain dangerous levels of gluten, so we always look for purity protocol oats. These oats have been kept separate from wheat from planting to harvesting, and are tested during the process to ensure they’re safe for celiacs to consume.
Gluten Free Watchdog has a great list of Purity Protocol oats suppliers HERE, and many of them can be found in local stores or online.
These Gluten Free Energy Bites are great when you want a treat without really having a treat…you know what I mean. Hope you enjoy them!
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Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor (I use a mini food processor) and pulse until combined.
The consistency should be like a thick cookie dough, easy to form into balls but not very sticky. Add extra milk a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry.
Store energy bites in the fridge. They also freeze well! Makes 12 energy bites.
If you are need to avoid gluten for dietary reasons (especially if you have celiac disease or a wheat allergy), consider purchasing purity protocol oats. Some oats that are labeled 'gluten free' may still contain harmful amounts of gluten due to cross contamination. You can find a list of purity protocol oats HERE
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 194mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Protein: 10g