This chocolate cherry recipe is a variation of our energy bites base recipe. These easy no-bake energy bites are a great snack for any time of day. Pack a few in your backpack, diaper bag, or gym bag so that you can have a delicious, nutritious snack wherever you go!
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Culinary Tips for the Best Oat Bites
Soaking the oats in hot water first makes each energy ball taste like a little bite of oatmeal. This also creates a different taste and texture than other energy bite recipes that use nut butter as the primary binding agent. Additionally, using water as the binding agent keeps the calorie content of this recipe much lower than other oat ball recipes.
If the almond butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.
If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 1/4 cup at a time.
Got kids? This is a great kid-friendly recipe! Have them help you measure, mix, and roll. The ingredients in this recipe can be eaten while cooking (because we all know that kids love to “taste test”), rolling is a great way to practice fine motor skills, and kids love getting their hands dirty!
- Oats: use old-fashioned or instant oats. Instant oats create a squishier texture and will be stickier when rolling. Do not use steel cut oats.
- Almond butter: can substitute any nut butter that you have on hand. Choose natural varieties whenever possible. Got a nut allergy? Use a seed butter such as sunflower butter.
- Mini chocolate chips: use any variety you like – white, semi-sweet, or dark. We recommend dark chocolate for optimal nutrition. Want a vegan chocolate energy bite? Choose dairy-free chocolate chips.
- Dried cherries: if you can’t find dried cherries, feel free to substitute any dried fruit of your choosing.
Feel free to add other mix-ins of your choosing: chia seeds, coconut flakes, etc. Keep in mind that adding more ingredients will change the texture of the recipe, so you may have to add more water or nut butter to help the ingredients stick together.
Short on time or patience? You can turn this into a super quick energy bites recipe by skipping refrigerating the mixture. It will be slightly stickier, so be prepared to wash your hands a few more times. You can also skip the step of rolling the energy balls in chopped nuts. Just toss them into the mixture and roll as normal.
Need some recipe inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide to make it your own, or check out some of our favorite energy ball variations!
Equipment Recommendations for Tasty Bites
You just need a few pieces of essential kitchen equipment for this simple recipe:
- Mixing bowl with lid – to cover and refrigerate the mixture
- Liquid measuring cup – great for viewing measurements from above
- Dry measuring cups and spoons
- Spatula – helps mix the batter evenly
- Small portion scoop – for easy portioning
Oatmeal Energy Bites are a Healthy Snack
This recipe was specifically developed to be a brain-boosting snack. The oats, walnuts, flaxseeds, and dried cherries in this recipe make this the perfect snack!
Oats provide complex carbohydrates that provide the brain with steady energy. (1) These complex carbohydrates also contain fiber which promote digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. (2)
Walnuts and Flaxseeds
Walnuts and flaxseeds are great sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. These fats promote brain and heart health. (3)
How to Store Homemade Energy Bites
These chocolate cherry energy bites are a great on-the-go snack because they do not have to be cold to eat. However, for food safety reasons, avoid leaving them in your bag or purse all day.
For optimal freshness, store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Have fun getting creative with different types of nut butters and add-ins; there’s a world of energy bite exploration out there!
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These easy Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites with Walnuts won't just give you energy, they will boost your brain power with omega-3s from flaxseeds and walnuts!
- ½ cup hot water
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup dried cherries
- ¼ cup semi sweet or dark mini chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- ⅓ cup chopped, roasted walnuts
Mix hot water, cinnamon, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add oats to the mixture. Mix until all the water is absorbed.
Add almond butter, cherries, chocolate chips, flaxseed, and honey and mix until well incorporated.
Cover and refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.
Roll into one-inch balls and place onto a sheet of wax paper.
Roll balls in chopped walnuts until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
If the almond butter is too hard to mix in, microwave for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.
If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats ¼ cup at a time.