These no bake gluten free energy bites are delicious, satisfying and so easy to make. They cost about 20¢ each to make—and might cost you about $1.79 each to buy (no joke).
I’ve been making some version of these no bake gluten free energy bites for months now. I would bring them everywhere for my kids, share them with friends and they would oooh and ahhh.
Since the recipe is so dead simple, when people asked for the recipe, I just recited it from memory as best I could. Since I was using hemp seeds (they are so protein-packed it’s ridiculous), I pretty much figured the recipe wasn’t really worth sharing.
But then, as often happens, I spied with my little eye a package of hulled hemp seeds at my local Trader Joe’s. And just like that, it was time to share!
As an alternative to the bite-sized energy bite situation, I also have the perfect recipe for homemade protein bars. They’re made with oats and protein powder, and there are lots of different flavor variations. They have the texture of a brownie. It’s a beautiful thing.
This really is a no-bake recipe when you make it as written. But I cannot tell a lie: I toast the oats, coconut and seeds in a 300°F oven for about 15 minutes at the start.
You may not want to put on the oven for something that should be no-bake. But I have my oven on every single day of the year (occupational hazard) anyway, summertime included.
Since toasting the oats, coconut and seeds really does intensify and deepen the flavors, you could also try toasting them on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet. If the oven simply isn’t an option.
For a date-sweetened protein bite, try these Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. You can’t beat a nice chocolate drizzle! Just be sure to use certified gluten free oats for a reliably gluten free recipe.
If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s or just don’t shop there and you can’t find hemp seeds, I have tons of suggestions for other ingredients to use in their place.
Can’t have peanut butter? Most any other nut butter will do. You pretty much can’t go wrong. If your family is always hungry like mine seems to be, these are a great solution!
Oh, and I also have a grain-free version, if the oats are a no-no for you. They’re full of protein, too, just without the grains.