Simple No Bake Honey Cocoa Energy Bites for a quick snack that’s not just delicious but energy packed too!
Today friends I got you something that’s not just delicious but a great grab n go snack too. This snack unlike other snacks is super healthy, packed with good for you ingredients that not just taste amazing but is amazing for your health too! I am always looking for healthy snacks but I still try to maintain that fine line between a healthy and tasty snack without going overboard with the healthy stuff where you feel like you are having something just for the benefits but not the taste!
So as I was saying these bite sized Energy Balls are perfect for a snack – these days we have been eating one after our workout and it seriously gives relief to my crazy hungry stomach for some time while I get breakfast ready! These energy balls I had last year during my Blogher Conference and I just loved them. There is a secret ingredient which is so unique that at first you will be like really but then one bite and you won’t even know! These energy bites were provided to us by Canadian Lentils and we were even given recipe cards! I love it when I know I have the recipe for something I loved eating. I had wanted to try to make these at home all this time (I know procrastination!) but finally few days ago I got to making these and I immediately remembered why I loved these so much 🙂
Cook red split lentils and then drain all the water and make them as dry as possible.
First add honey to lentils and blend until you get a fine paste. Then add peanut butter and blend again. You will end up with something like this above picture.
Transfer to a bowl and add rest of the ingredients and mix.
You will get this really gorgeous chocolate colored dough which you let sit for few hours in fridge to chill which makes it easier to roll. Then roll into small sized balls and then roll in cocoa or sesame seeds or unsweetened shredded coconut if you want! Store in airtight container in fridge and enjoy!
The servings for these no bake energy bites or protein balls recipe says it’s good to have 1 a day but I have been going slightly overboard! 😛
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- ⅓ cup split red lentils (easily available almost everywhere) (After boiling and completely drying you will end up with around 1 cup cooked lentils)
- ½ cup honey
- 15 tbsp ( ¾ cup + 3 tbsp) smooth creamy peanut butter
- 2.75 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2.5 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 5 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- Extra unsweetened shredded coconut, extra cocoa powder and extra sesame seeds for garnishing
- Take lentils and rinse until water runs clear. Transfer them to a pot and add water to cover the lentils and bring them to boil. Cook until completely softened. Transfer them to a strainer and get rid of all the water. Then lay them on a paper towel and place another paper towel on top and absorb as much water as possible. You can even squeeze water by hand from the lentils.
- Transfer them to a blender and add honey and blend until you get a smooth liquid consistency paste. Add peanut butter and blend again. You will get a thick dough.
- Transfer it to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients and mix. Cover and chill in fridge for 2-3 hours or in freezer for upto an hour and then roll into small balls. I ended up getting almost 18-20 balls.
- Coat them in coconut or sesame seeds or cocoa powder if you wish and then store in airtight container and store in fridge for upto 2 weeks!
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Angie@Angie's Recipes saysJune 1, 2016 at 4:11 AM
These energy bites look GREAT! I love that you used split lentils here. They look yellow rather red to me :-))
Sheetal saysJune 1, 2016 at 8:29 AM
What can I use instead of peanut butter as my son has peanut allergy???
naivecookcooks saysJune 2, 2016 at 10:34 AM
Sheetal instead of peanut butter, you can use almond butter or any other nut butter he is not allergic too 🙂 Let me know if you try!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary saysJune 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM
I could ALWAYS use more energy, especially when it comes in delicious, bite sized form! These bites look delicious, Ami! LOVE the honey and chocolate combo! Cheers, friend!
Sues saysJune 1, 2016 at 8:47 PM
I definitely need these at about 2:00 p.m. every day 🙂
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy saysJune 2, 2016 at 4:17 AM
We love making little energy balls like this. They are so much cheaper than the store bought ones too.
Monica saysJune 2, 2016 at 6:45 AM
Love this! I’ve never seen a no-bake energy bite using lentils! You learn something new everyday! I love lentils and this looks really delicious. Very smart, indeed! : )
Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com saysJune 2, 2016 at 9:02 AM
Wow! What a great recipe for energy balls – have seen many recipes for them but never with lentils! Pinned!
Aakanksha saysJuly 15, 2016 at 7:10 PM
Came out great and yummy!!!
naivecookcooks saysJuly 18, 2016 at 4:40 PM
yay!! thanks girl!!