Greetings and Happy May! I am happy to be back guest posting at Honeyville today and sharing another delicious recipe from Gourmet Girl Cooks. My recipes are low carb, grain and gluten-free and contain no added sugar.

Today’s recipe is one that I’m sure you will like because it’s quick, easy and requires no baking which is always a bonus during the summer months. I’ve created a delicious recipe for no bake Energy Bites. It’s great to keep a stash on hand for those times when you simply need a quick little burst of energy, but don’t want to eat a junk-food snack or don’t really want a meal. My husband and I have resumed our daily walks again and on summer weekends we like to get up early and get our walking in before it gets hot.  These little Energy Bites have come in quite handy for providing us that little something to last us for our 1-1/2 hour long walks without being too much to eat beforehand and is just enough to sustain us. These bites are easy to make, too. This recipe makes about 1-1/2 dozen 1.5-inch bites. All you do is mix the ingredients together, scoop, roll and refrigerate.

Most energy bite recipes include oats, but the star of these little bites is Honeyville’s Blanched Almond Flour which adds protein and is also lower in carbohydrates than oats, and it fits perfectly into my low carb lifestyle. Besides almond flour, my bites include almond butter, dried fruit (without added sugar), nuts, unsweetened flaked coconut, chia seeds, unflavored whey protein powder, coconut oil as well as a few dark chocolate chips. I sweetened them with a bit of stevia. These little bites have both protein and healthy fats to give you that burst of energy to sustain you…and they are just plain good, too.

I hope you enjoy my gluten-free recipe for no bake Energy Bites. If you’d like to find more grain free, no sugar added recipes like this one, please check out my blog, Gourmet Girl Cooks where you will find hundreds of other delicious low carb recipes and meal ideas like this one.

Almond Flour Energy Bites – No Bake

Makes 1-1/2 dozen

1 cup Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour
1/2 cup Almond Butter
Pinch Sea Salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Liquid Stevia, to taste (I used about 2 tsp NuStevia Simple Syrup)
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/2 cup chopped Nuts (I used half pistachios and half walnuts)
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips, optional
1 Tbsp Raw Organic Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Dried Fruit (preferably no sugar added)
1/4 cup unsweetened Flaked Coconut
2 Tbsp unflavored Whey Protein

In a medium bowl, combine first 4 ingredients with a rubber spatula. Add stevia or preferred sweetener, to taste. Mix in remaining ingredients and combine until a stiff dough is formed.

Scoop dough with a 1 tablespoon-size retractable cookie scoop (or regular tablespoon) and roll into balls. Place on a parchment lined plate or pan and refrigerate until firm.

Notes: If using a dry granular type sweetener instead of stevia, you may need to increase the almond butter or coconut oil slightly to compensate for the added dry ingredients. Add sweetener a little at a time and taste as you go so you don’t over sweeten. For dried fruit, I use an “antioxidant fusion” dried fruit and seed blend that is sweetened with apple juice and contains organic cranberries, raisins, tart cherries, pepita seeds, blueberries, and goji berries.

Nutrition Information: Each energy bite contains approximately 4 net grams carbohydrates (total carbohydrates minus fiber), 5 grams protein, and 2 grams of sugar.