I’ve recently been on the hunt for healthier ways to snack and to treat myself to something a little bit sweet without any guilt. At the start of the year, I realized that my daytime snacks consisted of whatever homemade cookies I had on hand, grabbing one (or two or three or four) every time I passed through the kitchen. Worse still, I’d developed a nightly ice cream habit.
I’m now ready to kick those bad eating habits and replace them with something packed with fresh, healthy ingredients that will actually boost my energy and keep me full longer. These No Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites do just the trick. Plus, they still feel just a little bit indulgent so you definitely won’t miss those cookies.
With a baby demanding all of my spare time, having something I can grab to eat is key. I’ve been keeping a batch of these on hand as my quick snack alternative. I can mix them up quickly in my KitchenAid® Stand Mixer on Sunday evening and feel 100% happy about my snack choices all week. Once I measure everything out, my Stand Mixer does most of the work, quickly ramping up from low to medium speed mixing until the ingredients turn into dough with very little clean up.
As opposed to many processed quick snack options that often have way too many preservatives, these No Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites use fresh, unprocessed ingredients that are chock-full of nutrients. Let’s break it down:
—Oats: With loads of dietary fiber, the oats give these energy bites sticking power so you feel full longer.
—Almond Meal and Almond Butter: Almond meal and almond butter pack in protein, copper, and manganese to give the energy bites sticking power.
—Honey: As a natural and fresh source of carbohydrates, honey fuels your muscles so you can keep going longer.
—Chia Seeds: As a super food, chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, giving you a boost of energy. As an added bonus, give your metabolism a boost as well!
In short, these No Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites are such a smarter and healthier alternative to basically anything else I can grab out of my cabinet on the go. And they taste better too! Here’s how you make them.
To start, add all of the fresh, unprocessed ingredients to the KitchenAid® Ceramic Bowl of the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer fitted with the flat beater. Lower the flat beater and mix on low speed for a few seconds. Increase to medium speed and mix until completely combined.
Measure heaping tablespoon-sized balls of dough and roll them into approximately 20 firm rounds using the palms of your hands. If the dough feels too crumbly, just add a tiny bit more honey or maple syrup until it rolls into balls with ease.
Roll each ball in unsweetened shredded coconut, pressing the coconut firmly into the sides.
That’s it! The best part is that by using fresh whole ingredients, these little bites shine in the flavor department. Each bite bursts of lemon that smacks of a lemon poppy seed muffin with a tropical coconut hint. Now don’t mind if I eat a couple for dessert right now!
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No Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites
Makes 20 bites
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond meal
3 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 2 large lemons), freshly grated
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Add the oats, almond meal, almond butter, 1/4 cup of the unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, honey, lemon zest, and poppy seeds to the KitchenAid® Ceramic Bowl of the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer fitted with the flat beater. Mix on low speed for a few seconds. Increase to medium speed and mix until completely combined, about 2-3 minutes.
Measure heaping tablespoon-sized balls and roll them into tightly packed rounds between your palms. If the dough crumbles rather than sticks together, add another tablespoon of honey and mix until combined.
With the remaining 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut in a small bowl, roll each ball in the coconut, pressing it firmly into the sides. Enjoy!
The energy bites will keep for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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