To all you Nutella lovers out there, there’s a way you can enjoy that Nutella flavor at breakfast in a guilt free way. Nutella Energy Bites are packed with chia seeds, ground flaxseed, almond butter and lots of oats. Oh, and of course Nutella!
What are energy bites?
Energy bites are a type of breakfast ball that are typically packed with chia seeds, ground flaxseed, oats, and a nut butter like almond butter or cashew butter. Then, you can have fun with extra ingredients! Raisins, coconut, nuts, it’s really up to you. The goal is to keep these as healthy and protein packed as possible so you don’t want to load it up with too many sweets.
Nutella is one of those ingredients I’m always wanting to sneak into recipes. Brownies come to mind, and I know spreading it on some warm toast in the morning is also pretty common. But an energy bite? A way to eat Nutella that isn’t an indulgent dessert and actually has some energy benefits to it? That for me is a real winner.
Let’s talk about about the two teeny tiny power foods in these energy bites: chia seeds and flaxseed.
Chia seeds are very tiny black seeds a little large than a poppy seed. But even though they are small, they are mighty! Chia seeds give you iron, calcium, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s incredible to think this food the size of seed carries all these nutrients for you! Since these are blended throughout the energy bite, they don’t add any flavor. They do add a texture, a slight crunch. Some people may find that the texture is like strawberry or raspberry seeds.
Flaxseed are oval shaped flat seeds. In this recipe, you actually grind them into a powder so you’re using ground flaxseed. Another small and mighty food source, they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and can even help with lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol. Flavor wise, since these are ground and dispersed throughout the energy ball, there is an added flavor. I find that ground flaxseed actually has a warm flavor similar to cinnamon. Not as spcied as cinnamon, but there’s definitely a similarity.
Want to know more about the healthy benefits of chia seeds and flaxseeds? I’m not a nutritionist so give a Google search and you’ll find lots of reputable sources that talk about how these are healthy additions to your diet!Print
Nutella Energy Bites
Nutella Energy Bites are a protein packed breakfast ball with the irresistible flavor of Nutella! Loaded with quick oats, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and almond butter…these will make any morning a little bit better!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 20 energy bites
1 and 1/4 cups quick oats
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup Nutella
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 3.5oz bar of dark chocolate, chopped
1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate 15 minutes, then roll into balls. I get about 20 energy bites, but you may get more or less depending on how large you roll them.
You will need to ground the flaxseeds. Pour the seeds into a food processor or something like a Nutribullet and pulse until finely ground.