These Sugar Cookie Energy Bites are both sweet and healthy. Make a batch in only a few minutes and include them as part of your energetic, nutritional diet. We used oats combined with cashews to create a perfect sugar cookie base, then we added the perfect flavorings, and of course, a few sprinkles for playful color!
Have one of these sweet, healthy Sugar Cookie Energy Bites as part of your energetic, nutrition-focused diet. Your sweet tooth and your desire to eat nutritionally can finally be at peace.
What are 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’ve been 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, and you know, that’s SO ME…so I think I’ll go with that instead.
Sugar Cookie Energy Bites
This recipe is such a great, natural ways to quench your sweet tooth. These sugar cookie energy bites are sweet, but so good for you too.
I’ve created several energy bites, but it was time for 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!
Energy Bites are Healthy
Not only is this recipe healthy, it’s also gluten-free. Here’s a rundown of some of the nutrition from these sugar cookie energy bites, based on their ingredients:
- Oatmeal is good for you. You’ll find manganese, biotin, magnesium, fiber and more.
- Cashews are a great source of magnesium, copper, and zinc.
- Even Maple Syrup has some benefits. First of all, it falls lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar. Maple Syrup is made from the sap of trees and therefore has some trace minerals as well.
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!
Sugar Cookie Energy Bites
- 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
- 1 pinch salt I used sea salt
- In your food processor bowl, add the oats and cashews. Pulse for a few seconds, until a course mixture results.
- Add the syrup sweetener of your choice and peanut butter. 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.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
If you’re into delicious energy bite recipes, you will love these Dark Chocolate Chewy Energy Bites by Cotter Crunch. I love her site! Also, these No-Bake Energy Bites with Turmeric and Ginger by Epicurious look pretty tasty too. Of course, you might also find my Red Velvet Energy Bites pretty tasty too!
Whatever energy bite you’re fueling up on, enjoy!