no-bake chocolate oat snack bites

If you are a fan of no-bake cookies, then these snack bites will likely be right up your alley. The main differences are these have hardly any sugar (just a bit of maple syrup), no boiling on the stove is required, and they contain a few healthier ingredients so we can get away with calling them energy bites. They are one of my favorite on-the-go snacks, and take just one bowl and a few minutes to mix up. I like having a few extra bites on hand in the freezer or fridge for “snack emergencies,” which are indeed a very real occurrence. Patrick “survived” off of these for three days while I was in labor and STILL likes them to this day, which I find a testament to either how good they are or to our ability to block out traumatic experiences. Or both.

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NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE OAT SNACK BITES

makes approximately 16, one ounce snack bites

1 cup (99g) old fashioned oats
1/2 cup creamy nut butter, unsalted (roughly 125g), I used peanut butter
1/2 cup (56g) unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup (50g) ground flax seeds
3 tablespoons (40g) melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons (21g) wheat germ (omit for gluten-free)
3 tablespoons (60g) maple syrup
2 tablespoons (15g) cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (use only ¼ tsp if your nut butter is salted)

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a medium-large bowl. Refrigerate the batter for 15 min, then form into roughly 1 oz/1.5 inch balls. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

These keep well for several weeks. You can also freeze them for longer storage.

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