We’re heading out to our first holiday party this weekend and I decided to bring these energy bites to add a healthy treat to the mix of desserts on offer. I’ve made this recipe before and we always love it, but I did one special thing to make this batch extra indulgent for the holidays. With rolled oats, peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate, these No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites are super easy to make and they are loved by kids and adults alike.
When I make this recipe, I prefer it with a finer texture. To achieve that, I simply grind the oats, coconut, and the chocolate in a food processor before adding them to the bowl in Step 1. This makes the final cookie hold together really nicely and it also ensures that there’s equal chocolate flavor in each bite. And this time, instead of adding chocolate and dried fruit, I did all dark chocolate so that they’d taste a little bit like a peanut butter cup. (So good!) The brief time chilling in the fridge is key—the dough will be too sticky to roll otherwise.
You will likely only need 1/4-1/2 cup of the coconut for rolling and be sure to press it into the cookie to ensure that it adheres. These are definitely better served very cold, so chill them before and between serving. They are perfect paired with a glass of cold milk and make a really satisfying sweet snack—it’s nice to get some good nutrition in a bite that tastes like a candy bar!
I plan to make another batch of these—likely using Sunbutter, which has worked just as well for me in the past—for my daughter’s preschool teachers. Since these are basically an energy bite, I assume that the teachers will appreciate a holiday treat that helps them power through their day chasing after a room filled with 3-year-olds!
Find the full recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Bites here.