Eating these Crunchy 'PB + Jelly' Energy Bites is like enjoying a nice bite of PB & J sandwich with the crunchy peanut butter--that is. These bites are so easy to make, packed with nutrients, completely non-dairy + vegan, and did I mention delicious with a nice hint of apricot flavor?
1/2cupcreamy peanut or almond butter, Vegan-approved!(I use Justin's)
2 1/2Tbspsflaxseed meal
1/4cuppure maple syrup(See Notes!)
1/2cupapricot preserve(You can use standard Strawberry Jelly, if preferred!)
walnuts, finely chopped
vegan chocolate chips, finely chopped(I use Enjoy Life Foods)
Begin by adding the rolled oats, peanut butter, apricot preserve, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, and maple syrup in a large bowl, stirring all ingredients together with a spatula until well incorporated.
In two separate small bowls, add the minced chocolate in one and the minced walnuts in another. Set aside.
Cover the large bowl with the oats mixture with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 15 minutes.
Once hardened, use your hands to roll into small balls (about 1 Tbsp) and repeat until all mixture is used. Then roll each ball into either the walnut or chocolate mixture and place them onto a lined baking sheet.
Now, place energy balls back into the freezer and allow them to set for another 10-15 minutes before eating!
STORAGE: Can be kept refrigerated (covered) for up 2 weeks.
SWEETENER: If you choose to opt out of pure maple syrup, you can always substitute with Agave as well.
NUTBUTTER: Instead of using peanut butter, you can also substitute with Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Tahini, Soy-nut Butter, Pecan Butter, Hazelnut Butter, or Granola Butter.