One of the crueler aspects of settling into a steady workout routine is that all those extra calories we burn can make us very hungry. After an especially grueling workout, you may feel downright ravenous. It's easy to reach for a candy bar or even one of those store-bought granola bars that are nevertheless loaded with sugar and calories.
Unfortunately, even if you manage to exercise 45 minutes to an hour five times a week, it doesn't give you carte blanche to eat whatever you want whenever you want it. You can't outrun a bad diet. So what do you do if you get really, really hungry? First, drink some water. Sometimes it does the trick. If those hunger pangs persist, however, then you'll need a snack. The following 13 no-bake energy bite recipes should do the trick.
They are healthier than a candy bar, but that doesn't mean you can polish away an entire batch in one sitting. Portion control applies even (if not especially) to snacks, so have three or four, chew slowly and wash them down with some water. The best part about these recipes is that they are no-bake. Firing up the oven in the dead of summer is cruel and unusual punishment.
This recipe from Gimme Some Oven is super simple to make. If your mixture gets too dry, add a few more of the sticky ingredients like honey or peanut butter. If it gets too gooey, add in more oats. Once you combine the mixture, pop it in the fridge for 10 to 20 minutes so it's easier to roll it into balls. The bites featured here are 1-inch balls, but you can make yours smaller or larger.
Spoonful of Flavor's no-bake key lime coconut energy bites are the perfect snack to grab when the sweet craving hits or before or after your workout.
The Big Man's World was inspired by Harry Potter's favorite beverage to create this delicious, no-bake snack, which we couldn't resist for all the reasons. These treats are gluten-free, vegan, refined-sugar-free, low in fat and very high in fiber and, if you add protein powder, high in protein. These energy bites might not give you magical powers, but they will transport you to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts.
Gluten-free oats and chia seeds are going to give these the staying power to get you through your workout or the rest of your workday. After melting together some almond butter with the honey, The Honour System added in some raw cacao powder and vanilla. Combine this with the oats and chia seeds and mix it up again. Let the mixture chill for a bit before adding the chocolate chips. Roll them into balls and enjoy an energizing, tasty, decadent, but most of all healthy treat.
Two Healthy Kitchens whipped up an energy bite that tastes as if a delicious no-bake cookie met up with the best bowl of oatmeal you ever had. Even better, these grab-and-go snacks are loaded with complex carbohydrates and protein. We're talking great nutrition for sustained energy, which is just what the doctor ordered.
This recipe from Real Advice Gal will satisfy your sweet tooth, power you up for your activities and is super easy to prepare. You'll feel like you're cheating while noshing on bites that are high in fiber and protein.
Cookin' Canuck concocted these no-bake granola bites that taste like carrot cake with none of the calories, fat or sugar. They’re ridiculously good and gluten-free. She used almond butter to hold the oats together and added a sprinkling of flax seed for a dose of omega-3s. The classic carrot cake ingredients — chopped pecans, raisins, cinnamon and grated carrots — round out the recipe.
Two Peas and Their Pod combined oats, crisp rice cereal, honey, peanut butter, butter, dried cranberries and chocolate chips, and chilled the granola balls for about 15 minutes before eating them up.
These easy-to-make, protein-packed granola bites from Comfort of Cooking are what you need to reenergize your day or to refuel after a workout. They may be small, but they pack a ton of flavor. Start with oatmeal and peanut butter, honey and ground flaxseed.
For these Blueberry Coconut Granola Bites, Inside BruCrew Life melted coconut oil and honey together, and stirred in oats, coconut and dried blueberries while the the coconut and honey were still hot. She recommends pressing the mixture into a pan and letting it cool before you roll out the balls.
Want to feel like you're cheating on your diet while staying true to your goals? Look no further than these energy bites from Veggie Staples, especially if you love Almond Joy bars. Veggie Staples used plain protein powder, but you can go ahead and add vanilla or chocolate.
What's in a name? No-bake cookie. Energy bite. Whatever you choose to call these treats, Candiquik promises they are damned good. You will definitely forget that they have no oil, no butter, no anything super bad for you. It's just peanut butter, oats, a few raisins and a couple other things.
These delicious little chocolate mint bites from Back for Seconds are done in just 20 minutes. And they will definitely make you feel like you're cheating on your diet. It's everything we want from our healthy snacks.