Healthy No Bake Cocoa Energy Bites

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I have learned a few valuable lessons today. First of all, people(including me) are way too dependent on electricity. This post, that should have been quick and easy to post this morning, was delayed by our power being out all morning. I should know by now that it can go out at any moment and it usually goes off in the most inconvenient moments. Mornings like today make me very thankful for the wood burning stove that heats our house. IMG_2679-0

That stove brings me to the second thing that I learned today and that is that dry fabric is very flammable. I am the cold one in my family. It can be 70 degrees and sunny and I still get cold sometimes. In the winter I gravitate towards the closest heat source. I have found that the best way to avoid getting really cold when you put on fresh jeans in the morning is to warm them on or near the fire. This has been working perfectly for weeks and I have been able to avoid freezing jeans by laying them on top of the stove to take the chill out before putting them on. Like I said, it was working well. Until this morning. This is what remains of the jeans I planned to wear today….. IMG_2752

Everyone who was in the room at the time was very surprised to look up and see my quick-thinking father running said pants outside before the house burned down. Don’t worry, the house is unharmed and the wood stove continues to keep it warm. The jeans, well they were not a favorite pair of mine and now with a little diy they can be a pair of shorts for the summer. IMG_2650-2

A third thing that I learned was that I really miss convenient high power energy snacks like protein bars. This wasn’t really what I learned. I have known that for over 9 months. The real news was how much I love these energy snack bites. They are so easy and perfect as a quick snack. For example, when you have a day filled with power outages and flaming pants. IMG_2651

Healthy No Bake Cocoa Energy Bites

Yield: 16 bites

Healthy No Bake Cocoa Energy Bites


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (try using homemade
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or palm syrup (honey works too)
  • 1 teapoon vanilla extract


  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times. Scrape sides and pulse again until it forms a dough.
  2. If the dough is too soft to roll into balls put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Roll into 1 tablespoon sized balls and enjoy!
  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (They would probably keep longer but they have never lasted that long.)


You can also make this recipe without a food processor or blender. Just mix all the ingredients together and roll into balls. Your result will be more like granola but still very good.

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