Homemade energy bites are a snack staple in our house, and today’s PB&J Energy Bites are a fun option for kids – it’s like a PB&J sandwich in a bite-sized snack!
Peanut Butter Energy Bites Recipe
Energy bites are one of those snacks that we always have on hand.
I whip up a batch every couple of weeks and store them in the fridge as a quick pick-me-up or a light dessert when you want something sweet but don’t want to sabotage all of the healthy choices you’ve made throughout the day.
My go-to energy bites are our coconut chocolate version, but Ella is kind of hit or miss with them. So, we decided to whip up some peanut butter energy bites – but Ella insisted we take these one step further and make peanut butter and jelly energy bites!
These chewy, sweet energy bites are packed with protein and fibre. They taste just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but are more nutrient dense.
Using sugar-free, natural peanut butter and a low-sugar jelly or jam will avoid adding unnecessary sugar or calories to these energy bites, but if you’re new to super healthy snacks you may want to stick with brands you know and love and just make one small swap at a time.
For this recipe, I used Millican Pecan’s Pecan Pieces. I didn’t realize what a difference there could be between pecan brands, but these are so incredibly fresh and flavorful. They also have delicious snack options like the Sweet and Spicy Pecans which are perfect for the holidays. My next order, I’m trying their Pecan Butter and the Caramel Pecan Coffee! (And by the way, this is not sponsored – I just really love them.)
The pecans can be swapped for walnuts or hazelnuts, but I wouldn’t recommend using almonds or peanuts.
Can you freeze protein balls? Yes! Place the rolled peanut butter energy bites in a freezer-proof ziptop bag or your favorite freezer containers for up to three months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)
Watch just how easy these Peanut Butter and Jam energy balls are to make:
Ingredients for PB&J Energy Balls
- Dates <– I like using Medjool dates for sweetness and texture
- Peanut Butter
- Rolled Oats
- Chia Seeds, optional
Tip: use whichever type of nut, nut butter and jam you prefer.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Food Processor
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to Make PB&J Energy Bites:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until a dough forms.
Scoop out 1 Tablespoon of the energy bite dough at a time and roll into balls. You may need to wet your hands to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
Place each rolled bite onto a cutting board or cookie tray and place in the fridge to set, at least 30 minutes.
Grab your free printable for our Peanut Butter & Jam Energy Bites recipe:
- 6-8 Medjool dates, pitted
- 3/4 cups nuts of choice
- 1/4 cup Smucker's jam
- 1/4 cup Jif creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds, optional
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until a dough forms.
- Scoop out 1 Tablespoon of the energy bite dough at a time and roll into balls. You may need to wet your hands to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
- Place each rolled bite onto a cutting board or cookie tray and place in the fridge to set, at least 30 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your kids love these peanut butter energy bites as much as my daughter and daycare kids do!
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