Brain Food: No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites

The first time I whipped up these little goodies was for my daughter’s class. During my demonstration, all I had was a bowl and a spoon. I wanted to show the kids how easy it can be to make something healthy, but equally sweet and indulgent that didn’t require an oven. So, voila! These no-bake chocolate chip cookie energy bites were born. A few months later, when chatting about brain-foods with my good friend and best-selling author Christopher Paolini, I shared the recipe with him too. His reaction? “Dangerous!” I must admit, these energy bites are rather addicting. But they’re also super nutritious and offer your body a great energy boost. Grab a couple of bites for a quick on-the-go breakfast or munch on one when you need a little afternoon kick.

Watch as Christopher and I mix up a batch in a flash:

Brain Food: No-Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut chips
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • A few dates or maple syrup to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Add all dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

  2. Add in the wet ingredients and mix. This will make the "dough" moldable. 

  3. Roll mixture into small balls or shape into little cookies. 

  4. Pop in the refrigerator to set. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.