Several months ago, we “discovered” no-bake energy bites, and immediately fell in love. Meaning that I’d seen recipes for them all over Pinterest for years, but never tried them.
Until one day. It was part of my master plan to get through multiple flights and flight changes with the kids without losing my sanity, trying to find airport food for them on (potentially) limited time, or begging flight attendants for snacks.
My master plan worked, but not because of the energy bites. We took a snack backpack full of little baggies of trail mix, apple sauce, sliced apples, and I don’t remember what else. But I remember very clearly that the energy bites remained packed in individual snack packs, safely in our freezer. At home. The whole time we were in Argentina.
It was a blessing in disguise though, because when we finally got home, it seemed like the only ones who weren’t jet-lagged were (surprise!) the kids. So they pretty much sustained themselves on those high protein no-bake energy bites for two days after we got home.
Since that time, we’ve experimented with variations on the recipe, and loved every one, but particularly, this one.
See, I’m determined to pack the kids’ diet as full as I can with nutrient-rich food – whether they like it or not sometimes, but for the most part, I try to keep it in forms that they like.
Green smoothies have proven to be a great way to get my son to eat his greens, and Hadassah will eat a spinach salad all day long.
But kale? No.
Big fat no.
So here I am, hiding it in a healthy snack I know they’ll both love.
In my book, adding powdered greens transforms energy balls into No-Bake Power Balls. As you may have noticed in the title of this post.
I use my blender to powder freeze-dried kale. I like that it’s flash frozen while it’s fresh before having the moisture evacuated – that means that all the nutrition of fresh kale is still there.
Freeze-dried kale is easy to order – you can go through my link here – but if you don’t have it, let me encourage you not to let that stop you from finding or making a good substitute for this recipe!
You can use any powdered greens you have on hand, or even dehydrate and blend up your own greens.
I know I’m a greens and healthy snacking nut, but it’s only because such a huge improvement in my energy level and overall wellbeing since adding them to my daily diet!
No-Bake Green Power Bites Recipe
- 2 Cups shredded coconut (I use this unsweetened coconut) (can sub half for gluten-free oatmeal)
- 1/2 cup powdered kale (I get mine here)
- 1/4 cup flax meal (I make mine by blending golden flax seeds)
- 1/4 cup unflavored protein powder (I use pea protein)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter (I use this one) or almond butter
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
- Form into one inch balls
- Refrigerate for up to two weeks, or freeze.