During hot summer months, we love having some quick energizing lower carb snacks at the ready in the fridge. These energy bites are a great way to satisfy a hankering for something sweet or if you need a quick energy pick-me-up ahead of a workout or in between meals. We like to make a double batch on the weekend and then store the lower carb energy bites in the refrigerator for quick snacks for us or our kids during the busy weekdays.
These energy bites are packed with some of everything we love - heart healthy foods like nuts and oats and just enough sweetness from honey as a natural sweetener. Oh! And we cannot forget about the dark chocolate! If you want to boost the protein in these bites you can always add a scoop of your favorite protein powder (we'd suggested one that is chocolate or vanilla flavor). You can also swap out the almond butter for your favorite nut or seed butter. If you are tracking carbohydrates for your Food pillar as part of the Target100 program, or just watching carbs in general, check the Ingredient List for the nut butter to make sure there is no added sugar in it. The label should just list nuts and salt (or not if you are following a low sodium diet) and that's it!
The Target100 team loves these energy bites for a sweet treat mid-afternoon or quick energy ahead of a workout. If you need a more substantial snack (we fully understand one energy bite might not do it for you) try pairing the low carb energy bite with a few cubes of cheese, slices of turkey, a hardboiled egg, or a small handful of dry roasted unsalted nuts. The additional protein and fat will increase your satiety and help you stay energized.
Got travel plans ahead this summer? Be sure to get out our top picks for low carb snacks that pack well. We've also been loving these low carb Air Fryer egg bites for a quick breakfast or snack this summer.
Almond Butter Energy Bites recipe
Makes: 12 balls Prep Time:12 minutes Chill Time: 60 minutes
1 cup (80g) rolled oats
2 ½ tbsp. honey
½ cup (125g) almond butter
1 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. shredded coconut
2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips
- Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix well to combine and roll into 12 individual balls.
- Place the balls on a tray in the refrigerator for 1 hour to harden before enjoying. Store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition info per serving: 12 grams carbs per energy bite