Have one of these sweet, healthy Sugar Cookie Energy Bites as part of your energetic, healthy diet. Your sweet tooth and your desire to be healthy can finally be at peace. If you love uber healthy, sweet treats, be sure to take a look at my Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups or my Vegan Cherry Vanilla Energy Bites.
I was first introduced to the energy bite at my food blogging event, the Chopped Conference, a few years ago. To be honest, I had hardly had time to eat that entire day I was so busy! And one of the local chefs we invited to come for the reception made energy bites. I definitely needed the energy and so I stopped by his table several times. And then he gave me his recipe.
I started toying around with energy bite recipes ever since.
Interesting enough, I started to realize I had something very similar on my site a few years ago, I just didn’t call it an energy bite. I called it a Date Ball. Energy Bites are much more hip, so I think I’ll go with that.
Why You’ll Love Sugar Cookie Energy Bites
First, you know Shawn and I are trying to reduce sugar. Right? But I always think that statement needs some clarifying. Because there’s sugar in fruit, but we certainly are not making fruit the enemy. In fact, Dr. Greger at Nutrition Facts points to a study about fruit consumption. A research team studied people who ate as much as 20 servings of fruits a day experienced no negative outcomes. The only thing they noted as a result? Large bowel movements.
So, needless to say, I’m a big believer in fruit. That’s why we’re looking for more natural ways to quench what our sweet tooth desires. That’s where these sugar cookie energy bites come into play.
I’ve created several energy bites, but I decided I’d like one that tastes like a sugar cookie. I mean, why not? So, I immediately went to work, pulled out my other recipes, and took to the challenge. I used cashews and oatmeal to create the foundation and then added maple syrup and vanilla for the flavor. Then came a little bit of peanut butter to add the right consistency. There you have it. Sugar Cookie Energy Bites!
Not only is this recipe healthy, it’s also gluten-free. Here’s a rundown of some of the health benefits of these sugar cookie energy bites, based on their ingredients:
- Oatmeal is good for you. You’ll find manganese, biotin (the stuff that’s good for your hair), magnesium, fiber and more thanks to the oatmeal in this recipe. Oats have been shown to reduce cholesterol, which can help reduce heart disease.
- Cashews are a great source of copper. Why should you care? Because copper is needed for a large number of physiological processes, such as development of connective tissues, elimination of free radicals, metabolism of iron, and more. Besides, cashews are a great source of unsaturated fatty acids.
- Even Maple Syrup has some benefits. First of all, it falls lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar which means it won’t mess with your blood sugar levels as much. Maple Syrup is made from the sap of trees and therefore has some trace minerals, like antioxidants.
I love to have one of these sugar cookie energy bites prior to a tennis match. They provide me lots of great energy without making me feel like I’ve got something heavy in my stomach. Every activity you’re involved in — whether it’s running a 5K, yoga, tennis, and more — requires energy. Making sure you find the right source for that energy is important.
Make This Recipe Bold
I love this recipe exactly the way it is, but that doesn’t mean you will. It’s ok. It doesn’t hurt my feelings, except just a little. Ah, just kidding. Honestly, I think every recipe is better when you mix things up. I even do it with my own recipes! If you need some ideas to get started, here’s some ways I would change this recipe:
- You know, I love the flavor of almond in my sugar cookies so I would love to try using half raw almonds and half cashews
- If you don’t want to use maple syrup, why not add pitted dates? They will be a little darker in color, but should taste just as good
- Add a pinch of cinnamon or ginger to the dough
- Roll the finished sugar cookie energy bites in chopped almonds
Can’t you see how just a few tweaks here and there can really make these sugar cookie energy bites into a real treat!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup cashews raw or roasted
- 4 - 5 tablespoons syrup sweetener maple, agave, or honey
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2 - 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
In your food processor bowl, add the oats and cashews. Pulse for a few seconds, until a course mixture results.
Place the pitted dates in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 8 - 10 seconds. This should make them soft and ready to be pulsed. Add them to the food processor. Pulse until combined.
Next, add the vanilla extract and salt. Pulse until combined.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and roll into balls.
Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to two weeks.
If you’re into delicious energy bite recipes, check these out:
- No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites by Gimme Some Oven
- Dark Chocolate Chewy Energy Bites by Cotter Crunch
- No-Bake Energy Bites with Turmeric and Ginger by Epicurious
- Or how about these Red Velvet Energy Bites by yours truly!!
Whatever energy bite you’re fueling up on, enjoy!