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Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites

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Energy Bites loaded with salty-sweet flavors and textures? Pretzels? Toasted coconut? Peanut butter and oats and chia seeds? This is right where we wanna be.

I am a lover of two things:

  1. Salty Sweet
  2. Energy Bites (or other small dessert in round spherical form)

And the good news for those of us who love conveniences such as packing all the good snacks – health wise and taste wise – into one little treat that you can take on the go and eat in three bites is that THIS ENERGY BITES RECIPE WAS MADE FOR YOU.

HOW TO MAKE OUR ENERGY BITES (40 SEC):

Energy bites on a pan.

Let me just paint the picture.

It’s a Thursday or Monday or any old night. You worked a long day. You made a nice dinner – orrr maybe picked up Thai curry for takeout / judgement free zone – and now you’re ready to settle in for the night with Netflix and a _____. But what is the ____? It’s a treat, probably, although not *too* much of a treat because it’s just a Thursday night and you don’t want to go crazywild with it since you’ll go out on Friday or Saturday, but seriously, just a few bites of a little sweet-ish snack would be the perfect thing and please actually can someone bring that almost empty ice cream container and the bag of chocolate chips in here?

And then it’s Saturday afternoon and you’d really love to make a fun snack for those hungry hours between brunch and dinner but you also have a major nap on the agenda so time is limited here, people. Your jam right now is something that comes together without any special trip to the store and without a ton of fussy prep and with zero wait-time before you can eat it. This maybe makes us sound more desperate than we really are (right…?) but this is a situation that requires immediacy. No time to wait. Hangry alarms are ringing.

You and I both.

If I haven’t made this so super clear yet, I am of the mindset that a two-bite sweet snack after a meal or between meals or, let’s be honest, BEFORE meals sometimes makes everything right in the world. No need to go full blown piece-of-pie on me. I’m not looking for a quadruple scoop ice cream cone with all the toppings. All I need is literally a few little bites of something good to just make my mouth feel happy – and if it could be something that is also nutritious and real food and energy-giving, that would be my vision of practical-meets-healthy-meets-omg-delicious food heaven.

Yoohoooooooo! over here!

We’ve cracked the code on this dilemma.

Pretzels, coconut oil, seeds, syrup, and peanut butter in a clear bowl.
Agave syrup.

These energy bites are similar to lots of the other energy bites you’ll find on the internet, except also not. There are a few key differences.

ENERGY BITE Ingredient DETAILS:

  • Shredded coconut. Unsweetened and toasted plz.
  • Pretzels bc TEAM SALTY SWEET! Also because usually I have at least one random box of cereal or crackers or salty snacks like pretzels sitting around that is needing to find a home within a recipe. This is its moment to shine.
  • Oats – but not just plain oats (honestly, how do people eat them raw when they’re so big and chewy? I struggle.) – we run these through the food processor first for better texture. It’s the little things.
  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-chiiiia seeds. Those soft little crunchies up in there make the whole thing. Seriously.
  • Peanut butter but could also be almost any other nut butter because everyone’s invited to this party! ♡
  • Coconut oil – I still can’t let go of the texture of these babies.
  • Agave – Wholesome!® does it right with organic, fair trade, and non-GMO agave goodness. I love honey, for sure, but agave = hello vegan energy bites! The texture incorporates easily and also the simple sweet flavor is perfection.
Hands holding energy bites.
Peanut butter pretzel energy bites.

And just like that, we have ourselves the solution we’ve been looking for: a two-bite quick and easy energy bite snack that comes together with just about any ingredients you have on hand and keeps soft and delicious in the fridge for many weeks and packs in a little mini nutritional boost to give you energy which is why these are called ENERGY BITES.

GAHHHHH

We are just a little obsessed over here.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites on parchment paper.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2025 bites 1x

Description

Energy Bites! Easy no-bake recipe with real food like oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, and coconut. Stays soft and yummy for weeks in the fridge!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted if you wanna be fancy
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds or flaxmeal (or a combo)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 cup Wholesome! organic blue agave

Instructions

  1. Pulse the oats and pretzels through a food processor (one ingredient at a time) to get a more uniform chopped texture. I usually give each about 15 quick pulses. You want the texture to be “crushed” – somewhere between whole and completely ground.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until combined. Shape into balls (it helps to squeeze them to stick together) – usually I can get 20-25 with this recipe, depending on how many I eat during the shaping process. Chill in the fridge or freezer for 20-30 minutes. Done! I keep these in the freezer so they last longer and hold their shape nicely but they do well at room temperature for a day or two as well.

Notes

I used unsweetened coconut. To make them prettier, roll them in a little bit of toasted coconut or dip in chocolate.

  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peanut butter pretzel energy bites, peanut butter energy bites, energy bites

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Thanks to Wholesome!® – makers of this Organic Blue Agave – for partnering with us for this post! And for being a great brand all-around.

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These remind me of those delicious granola bars you have on here (which I LOVE)! Definitely need to give these a try!

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        Rose

        Ok – YUM. I just had a baby and wanted to make some healthy-ish but still tasty energy treats – and decided on these. Several ingredients are supposed to help lactation – so extra bonus there.
        These are delish (sweet, salty, crunchy!) and I haven’t even dipped a few in chocolate yet.
        Will definitely make again! Thanks for sharing!






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          Erin

          Great flavor! I needed to add more peanut butter and more agave in order to get them to form into balls. Given that many people have had this problem, my suggestion is that you change the recipe to reflect this so everyone doing this recipe isn’t trying to troubleshoot this problem. Thanks for the recipe! Tasty!






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    Kristin

    Hi Lindsay! Can you tell me how many “bites” make one serving?? I’m wondering just how many I can eat for 96 calories… 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Its like you were in my head this week. I’ve been thinking and dreaming of some sort of protein type bite to tide me over. And I gotta say without being too much of a fan girl… your writing… dang girl. Keeps me giggling and coming back every week!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Salty and sweet combo is without a doubt my favorite combination! And the soft and crunchy of this energy bite I think might be my favorite part!

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    Stephanie Goldman

    These sound great – I love the salty sweet combo as well. One question – can you remove the shredded coconut and keep the consistency? I am one of those people that do not like the feeling/taste of shredded coconut, I don’t mind the coconut oil though.

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi Lindsay ! Those look so good, can’t wait to make them ! I am a lover of sweet & salty treats, and I am addicted to coconut oil. Those were made for me !
    Also, I just purchased your ebook, and I am so excited ! I can’t wait to start it, thanks so much for your beautiful blog and great resources.

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    Cassie

    Interesting how things work–I had Thai green curry for lunch yesterday, hahaha! These peanut butter pretzel energy bites look irresistible! Peanut butter goes well with anything, but with salty things? Oh my gosh.

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    Christine

    These look delish! How many bites and what size of bites are considered a serving size? thanks

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    Athena R

    I just made these with a few slight modifications because I wanted to use what I had on hand. I used honey because I had no agave, and my coconut was sweetened. Oh and my pb was flavored: cinnamon raisin. I had a hard time with the mixture sticking to my hands,. By wetting my hands, I was able to get them to roll easier. Thank you for this great recipe. These things are addictive!

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    Chess Devino

    Yummy, i had made these very similar and delicious. I might give yours a try though, my fiancee loves PB and pretzels.

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    Cindy

    I love all your recipes and I’m sure this one will be wonderful also. Is one serving just one ball? I assume it is but I’d rather be one serving is 20-25 of them!






  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oooh! I love energy bites! Absolutely a wonderful snack when you want just a little sumpin sumpin between meals. My husband loves pretzels, so I’ll have to give these a try! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Stephanie

    I just made these with my 3-year-old and they are yummy. The mixture was very crumbly and almost impossible to form into balls so I added more PB. I think chilling them for 5 minutes (or so) BEFORE rolling would help. Thanks!

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    Barbara

    Hi this is Barbara your SLC Lyft driver. Have enjoyed your blog so much. It has wonderful pictures and information. Great job. You have some great recipes that I am looking forward to trying. You get 5 stars.

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      Barbara!!!! I’m so glad you left a comment! Thank you so much for getting us safely to (and from) the airport last week! You should know I tried the meatball sandwich at Caputos per your recommendation and it was fab. Thanks so much! 🙂

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    Dana

    Hi Lindsay I have just mixed the ingredients but it is impossible to make the balls…taste-wise it’s heaven and I will maybe eat the whole thing as it is:-)any tricks to avoid the stickiness?






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      Kate

      I had the same problem, so I dampened my hands with cold water and patted tightly! You might need to re-dampen multiple times!

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        Sommer

        I had trouble forming them into balls as well, but ended up using my medium cookie scoop and they held together nicely without the sticky mess 🙂

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        Whitney

        I made these yesterday – my tip is to use a small ice cream scoop! Pack the ingredients in with your palm and release!






  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Ugh, I’m not putting ‘energy bite roller’ on my resume anytime soon. Just couldn’t get them to form into balls or stay together at all. So I popped the whole works in the oven and ended up with some amazing granola… redemption!!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Glad it still worked out, Jennifer! Great idea. 🙂 If you give it another shot, we’ve found that adding a little bit more peanut butter helps if you’re having trouble getting them to stick together.

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    Kate

    Hi Lindsay! Just made these and they tasted delicious. Can’t wait to have them at work tomorrow! Question for you though, lately I’ve been feeling very conflicted towards Agave. Do you personally think Agave is a good sugar substitution? People are put off by the “fructose” but then it’s suppose to be better than sugar because you can use less of it.