This Tropical No Bake Energy Bites recipe is perfect for back to school! Loaded with dried pineapple, mango, toasted coconut, oats, honey and coconut oil, it’s a healthy snack to keep you (and the kids!) going all day long. They’re freezer friendly and easy to make ahead. Includes step by step recipe video.
I don’t know about yours, but my kids love no bake energy bites. We are borderline obsessed.
I love them because they are easy to make and you really don’t even need a recipe. I just pick a theme (this time — tropical flavors!), grab some healthy ingredients from the pantry (some for glue — dried fruits, honey, nut butters, coconut oil, some for filler — oats, nuts, other dry ingredients).
We throw everything into the food processor and let it go. Then we roll it into balls, and snack on them all week long. They keep the 4:00 hanger away!
These literally take me about 15 minutes from start to finish and I love that we have a healthy snack that we can grab and go on our way out the door. Something other than store bough granola bars!
I was walking through Wal Mart one day when I saw the bags of dried pineapple were just $2 (this is the regular price!), I grabbed one for the purpose of making a pina colada energy bite, only to discover that there were a few of those already out there.
The second time, I added some dried mango and we love them. The flavours are so bright and fruity, and different from a peanut butter based energy bite!
How to make Tropical No Bake Energy Bites:
- You need two types of ingredients: glue and filler. As far as what you add? You can mix it up! Try adding different dried fruits, different nuts, or other seeds or oils for a unique combination all your own.
- Do a test run. When you grab and squeeze some in your hand, does it hold together? If not, add a little more oil or dried fruit.
- Make a big batch. They freeze perfectly and I find that grab and go snacks like this don’t last long with the kiddos!
- Look for unsweetened fruit. Ideally you want to control the added sugar, and using unsweetened dried fruit is the best way to do that. It can be tough to find though, so feel free to start with 1 tablespoon of honey if your fruit is already sweetened.
- Add more protein: if you want to give these energy bites a boost of protein, add a scoop or two of vanilla or unflavored protein powder. You can also add chai seeds or additional nuts.
Tropical No Bake Energy Bites
- 1/4 cup coconut oil solid at room temperature
- 2 tablesooons liquid honey
- 1/2 cup dried mango
- 1/2 cup dried pineapple
- 1 cup instant or rolled oats
- 1/2 cup toasted coconut
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- Add the coconut oil, honey, mango and pineapple to a food processor, followed by the remaining ingredients (you want the wet ingredients on the bottom).
- Process until smooth, and roll tightly into 1" balls.
- Place in an airtight container or in the refrigerator to set (the coconut oil will return to a solid state).
- Store at room temperature for 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.