Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites

This post is sponsored by Bard Valley Natural Delights

 

 

Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are an easy, portable way to snack healthy! Creamy peanut butter and sweet dates, combined with oat flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds make for the perfect post-workout or office snack. Bonus? It’s free of refined sugars!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of peanut butter. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple of my homemade school lunches, and a spoonful of regular peanut butter (before “natural” was as popular as it is now) made my day. As I grew older, things got a little more sophisticated. As in I’d add chocolate chips to my spoon of PB.

Fast forward to today, and we’re cooking and baking up a peanut butter storm! I’ve made breakfast cookies where nut butter is baked in – yum – and even made a savory Asian peanut sauce. It truly is versatile food item, especially when it comes to ENERGY BITES.

Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are an easy, portable way to snack healthy! Creamy peanut butter and sweet dates, combined with oat flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds make for the perfect post-workout or office snack. Bonus? It’s free of refined sugars!

Snack Prep for the Win

Preparing dozens of containers of lunches and dinners for the week is not my forte. I tried it a couple of times, and have just not wanted to make it a priority right now. But snack prepping? I’m all over it! Preparing snacks for the week takes much less time – because there aren’t multiple side dishes involved – and I think it’s more fun. I mean, don’t you want to stop what you’re doing and roll out some energy bites right now?

You only need one kitchen appliance to make these Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites, and the rest is up to those trusty hands! After the food processor quickly combines your ingredients, it’s a simple roll-and-refrigerate. And maybe taste test, juuuust to make sure it’s delicious. I enjoyed a couple of these for breakfast – when I hit “snooze” too many times and had to rush out the door. Ray packed a few of these along with his lunch for an afternoon snack, and we both noshed on them to tide us over for dinner.

Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are an easy, portable way to snack healthy! Creamy peanut butter and sweet dates, combined with oat flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds make for the perfect post-workout or office snack. Bonus? It’s free of refined sugars!

Easy, Portable, Post-Workout Fuel

Perhaps my favorite time to eat these Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites is after a workout. Besides the complex carbohydrates that are great for replenishing glycogen stores in our bodies, did you know that Natural Delights Medjool dates have a high level of potassium (about 50% more than bananas by weight)? Awesome for the ultimate recovery after a sweat sesh.

After a workout, I don’t prioritize the time it takes to make a smoothie or shake. Since I don’t 100% enjoy protein powder shakes – where you just mix milk/water and protein powder – these energy bites are my go-to. In the ten, 15 minutes I have before my next personal training client, I can snack on a couple of these and feel ready to go (AKA not hangry)!

Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are an easy, portable way to snack healthy! Creamy peanut butter and sweet dates, combined with oat flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds make for the perfect post-workout or office snack. Bonus? It’s free of refined sugars!

Flavor and Texture is Key

Since I can’t pass you one of these Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites through your computer or phone screen, can we just talk about all the specs for a moment? This might be one of my favorite snack recipes at Hello to Fit because of the flavor and texture. The combination of oat and coconut flour make for a soft, chewy, cookie-dough-like consistency. But crunch lovers, have no fear! Fibrous chia seeds add a tiny crunch, and the unsweetened shredded coconut adds even more texture to every bite.

Peanut butter and dates make this dish creamy with a hint of sweetness (it’s the only form of added sugar in the recipe!) to the dish; they also bind the ingredients together into one phenomenal energy bite. When I took my first bite, it was like eating peanut butter cookie dough. But way healthier. And then took a second bite – the final one – and it all came together: the peanut butter, dates, coconut, and hint of cinnamon.

Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are an easy, portable way to snack healthy! Creamy peanut butter and sweet dates, combined with oat flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds make for the perfect post-workout or office snack. Bonus? It’s free of refined sugars!

If snack prepping is more of your “thing” than preparing full meals, these Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are just for you. Natural Delights Medjool dates are the natural sweetener in this dish – there are no refined sugars – and add an UMPH of potassium to fuel your body after a workout. The combination of oat and coconut flour make it feel like you’re eating cookie dough, and it’s the most portable snack there is, whether you’re at the gym, in the office, or at home.

Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites

Serves Makes about 26 bites     adjust servings

Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are an easy, portable way to snack healthy! Creamy peanut butter and sweet dates, combined with oat flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds make for the perfect post-workout or office snack. Bonus? It’s free of refined sugars!

Ingredients

  • 8 pitted Natural Delights Medjool dates, quartered
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse oats, coconut flour, salt, and cinnamon until well-ground, resembling flour.
  2. Add dates, peanut butter, and chia seeds to food processor and pulse until mixture comes together - the mixture will start to pull away from the sides of the food processor.
  3. Place unsweetened shredded coconut onto a plate.
  4. Using your hands, roll energy bite mixture in small balls, approximately 1-inch in diameter. Roll balls in shredded coconut, pressing gently to stick. You may need to roll again, to reform into spherical shapes.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 442 Calories from fat 234
% Daily Value
Total Fat 26 40%
Saturated Fat 15 75%
Sodium 6716 280%
Carbohydrate 43 14%
Dietary Fiber 13 52%
Sugars 18
Protein 11

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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Peanut Butter Medjool Date Energy Bites are an easy, portable way to snack healthy! Creamy peanut butter and sweet dates, combined with oat flour, coconut flour, and chia seeds make for the perfect post-workout or office snack. Bonus? It’s free of refined sugars!


Let’s chat!

  • Do you snack prep, meal prep, or both (or none)?
  • How do you typically fuel up after a workout?
  • Are you a peanut butter fan, or prefer a different nut butter?

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Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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34 comments

  • Emily

    January 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I would definitely have to say that snack prep is more my thing than meal prep, but I would like to try and do a mix of both this year. These look so soft and delicious. I love energy bites.
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Yaaaa def! Soft and so nut buttery 🙂

  • AZ@…And a Dash of Cinnamon

    January 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I agree with Emily! I’m more of a snack prepper as well. I love to make my own protein bars etc to take with me
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Nice!! what do you like putting into your protein bars?

  • Annmarie

    January 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Oh I bet these taste just divine! Beautiful photography too!
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much, love!! xoxo

  • Farrah

    January 28, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Yay! These look like the perfect pick-me-up snack! I need to go get some dates so I can make these! <3
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Ohhh they’re great. Especially after I’ve had a workout, or if I’m rushing around in the morning and need a quick pre-breakfast 😛

  • jill conyers

    January 28, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Jess this looks like a great snack recipe. Easy to prep and have on hand during the week.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      THanks, Jill!! Hope you’re doing well this week!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    January 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I am also working with Bard Valley and I can’t wait to try these yum!
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Woohoo congrats, Deborah!! <3

  • KJ | Om Nom Herbivore

    January 29, 2017 at 12:24 am

    These sound really good!! Texture is usually something energy balls lack so I like that you added some! Im going to make some and freeze them so I can take them up snowboarding 🙂
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you!! Hope you enjoy!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    January 30, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I love, love, love those dates and snack bites! So pretty and tasty plus they do give you a nice burst of energy.
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Me too – they’re soft like cookie dough but hold together, too! xoxo

  • Jess @ Scones & Patron

    January 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Delicious as always, Jess! Trying these ASAP 🙂 I miss seeing your face around Paradox!

    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks, girl!! Hope all is well with you! xoxo

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    January 31, 2017 at 12:26 am

    As soon as I saw these I was like, “YEEEUP NEED”. They’d totally work with almond butter, right??
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Hahah yesss I think you do!! OH DEF!!!

  • Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job

    January 31, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Look at those perfect balls. Send some my way haha
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    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      They’re on their wayyyyyyyyy <3 hope they survive the trip to Chicago!

  • Minna Lee

    January 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I love making date-based energy balls! So easy to grab and go, especially for trainers like us 🙂 Need to keep our energy up for our clients!

    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      You’ve got that right!! Cheers to staying energized 🙂

  • Myra

    February 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    These look awesome! Definitely pinning for later to add to my snack list ::)

    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks, Myra! Hope you enjoy – they’re great for on-the-go snacking 🙂

  • GiGi Eats

    February 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    These balls are BALLS TO THE WALLS! Bah ha ha! I couldn’t resist! 😉

    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Hahah you crack me up, girl!!

  • Ivanna

    February 6, 2017 at 10:25 am

    These sound delicious and easy to make Jess. Yummy!

    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thanks, Ivanna! I love the nut butter and dates combo 🙂

  • Rachel (LittleChefBigAppetite)

    February 6, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Yum! These sound delish! I am pinning them to make soon!

    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

      They’re awesome, I love having them handy for snacks and after workouts! Hope you enjoy!

  • Amber

    February 14, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Can these be made without chia seeds??

    1. Jess

      February 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Yes, definitely!

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