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Nutritious Treats

Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites

Blueberry lemon energy bites are made with dried blueberries, oats, almond butter, coconut flakes and white chocolate chips — a perfect bite-sized, gluten and dairy free snack packed with good nutrition and easy to make in one bowl without a food processor.

blueberry energy bites with lemon, coconut, oats, almond butter, and white chocolate chips

If you peek inside my fridge or freezer at any given time, you will pretty much always find 2 cartons of blueberries and one bag in the freezer. They’re a fruit I could eat everyday and not get sick of and I love how convenient they are to snack on — all you have to do is grab a boost of blue, then rinse and enjoy! 

This post was created in partnership with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. All opinions are my own and as always, I appreciate your support!

Some of my favorite ways to eat them is in oatmeal, yogurt, in a smoothie or on a salad like this blueberry greens and grains bowl. You seriously can’t go wrong!  

Convenient and nutritious, blueberries are made for pairing; a handful with nuts, yogurt, granola, peanut or almond butter toast, cheese or a protein bar makes for a power snack or mini-meal.

And did I mention how delicious blueberries are in baked goods?! Case in point, these blueberry blondies! 

I think we need to rename February, Feb-BLUE-ary in honor of this recipe that I know you will love not only this month, but anytime you’re in the mood for a nutritious treat. 

gluten and dairy free blueberry energy bites

Blueberry Nutrition 

Fresh or frozen, blueberries contain beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Blueberries are:

  • A good source of Vitamin C, which helps the immune system work properly. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
  • A good source of dietary fiber (3.6 grams per serving). Fiber aids in digestion and makes you feel fuller faster. 

And did you know? Blueberries are also certified as heart-healthy through the American Heart Association Heart-Check Food Certification Program. Disclaimer: Heart-Check certification does not apply to information, recipes, or suggested uses unless expressly stated.

And if you’re looking for ways to cut back on sugar in your diet, swap sweetened yogurts, smoothies, cereals or oatmeal for unsweetened versions and add blueberries to get all the great taste without the sugar. May I also suggest these mini no bake blueberry cheesecakes to satisfy your sweet tooth in a delicious way! 

Blueberries & Heart Health 

A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that blueberries can be part of eating patterns to support cardiovascular health, especially as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Blueberries are certified as heart-healthy through the American Heart Association Heart-Check Food Certification Program. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, vegetables and fruits, like blueberries, are associated with a reduced risk of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, and may be protective against certain types of cancers.

February is American Heart Month, so this month (and every month), be sure to grab a boost of blue to make any day better with simple, healthful, delicious blueberries! 

Ingredients for blueberry lemon energy bites

  • Dried blueberries freeze dried blueberries work great in this recipe too
  • Regular or gluten free rolled oatsoats give these bites more fiber and a nice chewy texture
  • Creamy unsweetened almond buttermake sure it’s really drippy! That will work best to help mix all of the ingredients together
  • Vanilla protein powder or unflavored collagen
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • HoneyI love using honey as a natural sweetener
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground flax seedflax seed is a good source of health fats and fiber
  • Cinnamon 
  • Salt
  • Lemon zest 
  • Mini white chocolate chips omit to keep this recipe dairy free or look for dairy free chips

equipment / utensils

  • medium-sized mixing bowls
  • wooden spoon
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Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 10 -12 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup regular or gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 3/4 cup creamy unsweetened almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder and or 1 serving of collagen
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup mini white chocolate chips optional

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl combine all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. Fold in the dried blueberries and mini white chocolate chips. Grate fresh lemon zest on top and stir well to combine all ingredients. 
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out mixture and roll into balls using your hands.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or freeze for longer.
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Nutritious Treats

Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Bites

Coconut white chocolate macadamia nut energy bites are sweetened naturally, made gluten and dairy free with oats, shredded coconut, protein powder, macadamia nuts and white chocolate. They’re everything you love about a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie wrapped into a bite!

coconut white chocolate macadamia nut energy bites

These no bake bites are perfect if you love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. They taste exactly like that except in bite form! Made with just a few simple ingredients including oats, cashew butter, shredded coconut, maple syrup and macadamia nuts and mini white chocolate chips, they’re perfect if you’re not in the mood to bake a whole batch of cookies and want something fun to snack on.

Energy bites/balls tend to be made of whole oats and peanut butter, and while I like those too, sometimes it’s fun to switch it up with different flavors inspired by your favorite cookie or treat. This recipe does contain oats (feel free to use gluten free old fashioned oats) and give these bites an amazing texture along with the nut butter that tastes like a perfect bar!

I like that adding collagen or protein powder gives energy bites a little more staying power to make t

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ingredients for coconut white chocolate macadamia nut energy bites

  • creamy unsweetened cashew butter
  • old-fashioned or gluten free old-fashioned oats
  • blanched almond flour
  • coconut flour
  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • macadamia nuts
  • mini or regular white chocolate chips – I always use Lily’s in my baked goods and use their white chocolate style baking chips in this recipe
  • unflavored collagen or vanilla/unflavored protein powder (optional)add in one of these or both for a boost of protein

equipment / utensils

  • food processor
  • cookie scoop
coconut white chocolate macadamia nut energy bites

White Chocolate Macadamia No Bake Bites

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
White chocolate macadamia nut no bake bites are sweetened naturally, made gluten and dairy free with almond flour, coconut, macadamia nuts and white chocolate. They are everything you love about a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie wrapped into a bite!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 12 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup regular or gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup creamy unsweetened cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder and or 1 serving unflavored collagen
  • 2 tbsp. blanched almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup mini or regular white chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients together in a food processor except for the macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips
  • Pulse a couple times until a dough begins to form. Lately add the macadamia nuts and pulse just 1-2 more times so that you still have some nut pieces intact. 
  • Transfer the batter into a bowl, and use a wooden spoon to fold in the white chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from fridge and use a cookie scoop to portion, out the batter. Rolling in your palms to form a ball and then rolling into more coconut flakes. Alternatively, you could also omit the white chocolate chips from the batter, melt them and coat the balls in the chocolate for a white chocolate chips coating. For this way I recommend melting the chocolate in the microwave in increments of 15 seconds until melted. 
  •  For either way you coat them, store bites in the fridge for up to a week. 
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Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Cookie Protein Balls

Pumpkin cookie protein balls are made with a few simple, nourishing ingredients like oats, peanut butter and protein powder. They can be made gluten and dairy free and make for the perfect protein and fiber-filled snack!

If you’re feeling like you need to jazz up your at-home snacks these pumpkin cookie protein balls are definitely for you! Made with a few simple ingredients from your pantry and very customizable, you’ll love how they taste like a cookie but are made with healthy ingredients at the same time!

These protein balls are indulgent cookies meet nourishing snack bite. The oats give them that oatmeal cookie texture, plus filling fiber and the mini chocolate chips (or cocoa nibs!) are that hint of cookie-like sweetness.

You know that time after lunch but before dinner when you’re craving a little something sweet? Enter these protein balls! A snack you definitely don’t need to feel guilty about having when 3pm hits that will tie you over to dinner with a burst of nourishing energy!

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Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, oats and chia seeds give these balls a nice dose of fiber. Pair that with the protein from the protein powder, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter and you have a winning snack combination that will actually keep you full.

What type of protein powder is best to use for this recipe? I used a vanilla pea protein I had on hand but you could definitely use whatever kind you have at home. A vanilla protein powder would be your best bet for getting them to taste the way I made them here.

ingredients for pumpkin cookie protein balls

This recipe requires no food processor required, is date free, and super customizable! Don’t have chia seeds? Use one of the other seeds listed. Out of peanut butter? Use almond butter instead. I recommend keeping the oats as is to get the same type of texture I did.

how to make this recipe

Making these pumpkin protein energy bites is SUPER easy. No blender or food processor is required. You simply mix all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon in a bowl until well combined before portioning them out into individual balls!

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Pumpkin Cookie Protein Balls

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Pumpkin cookie protein balls are the perfect post workout or midday snack packed with protein and fiber. Super easy to make with simple ingredients, you’ll love having these to snack on!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup regular or gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree*
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder and or 1 serving of collagen
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. mini chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. The batter will be thick!
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out mixture and roll into balls using your hands.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or freeze for longer.

Notes

Don’t have pumpkin or don’t want to add it? It won’t impact the texture or consistency of this recipe that much so you can go without it if you must!
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