Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites

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Name a more iconic duo than peanut butter & jelly. Impossible, right? There’s something about creamy peanut butter and sticky, sweet jelly sandwiched between thick slices of bread that just brings so much joy.
I have a few recipes on my site like this Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Bake and these creamy Peanut Butter Blueberry Overnight Oats that I come back to time and time again for their perfectly sweet, nostalgic PB&J flavor, so I thought why not turn this classic into easy, protein-packed energy bites?
These no bake peanut butter and jelly energy bites are made with creamy peanut butter and tons of strawberry jam flavor thanks to freeze-dried strawberries. I gave them a boost of whole grains from oats, healthy fats from coconut (so good), and protein from your fav protein powder. They’re naturally sweetened with Medjool dates, and I included a few fun ways to jazz them up as well (hello, chocolate drizzle?!)
Roll ’em up, keep them in your fridge or freezer, and get your snack on.

Everything you’ll need to make these PB&J energy bites
There are a few special ingredients that make these peanut butter and jelly protein bites taste like a real deal PB&J. Here’s what you’ll need:

Medjool dates: I love adding dates to no bake snacks because they not only give them a natural sweetness, but they also help them stick together.
Peanut butter: we’re using natural creamy peanut butter (just peanuts + salt!)
Vanilla: a little vanilla extract brings out the natural sweetness in these bites. Learn how to make your own here!
Oats: rolled oats basically act like the “bread” of the PB&J here. Use gluten-free rolled oats to keep the bites gluten-free.
Coconut: unsweetened shredded coconut also helps the bites stick together and adds SUCH delicious flavor.
Protein powder: we’re getting a boost of protein from vanilla or unflavored protein powder! I love this vanilla protein powder, or using collagen peptides.
Freeze-dried strawberries: the “jam” flavor in these PB&J protein bites comes from freeze-dried strawberries. So fun!

Optional ingredient swaps
There are a few easy substitutions you can make in these peanut butter and jelly energy bites:

For the protein powder: if you don’t have protein powder or collagen peptides handy, feel free to use flaxseed meal or almond flour instead.
For the peanut butter: I highly suggest sticking with peanut butter for that true PB&J flavor, but another natural, creamy nut butter would also work!

Can I use steel cut oats?
Unfortunately, no, I can’t recommend using steel cut oats instead of rolled oats in these energy bites. Steel cut oats are much harder and won’t get the energy bites the right texture.
Don’t forget to prep your dates
If your Medjool dates aren’t soft and gooey, soak them in warm water for about 5 minutes before adding them to your food processor with the rest of the wet ingredients.

PB&J energy bites in 3 simple steps

Process the wet ingredients. Start by pulsing the softened dates, peanut butter, and vanilla in your food processor until the mixture is well combined and sticky, scraping down the sides as needed.
Mix in the dry ingredients. Add the rest of the ingredients and process again until the mixture comes together. It might seem crumbly, but if you can squeeze the “dough” together it will roll up well.
Roll ’em up. Roll the mixture into 12 equal-sized balls, and enjoy as is, or roll them again in some fun toppings below! Store them in the fridge or freezer for the perfect snack.

Fun ways to jazz up these peanut butter and jelly energy bites
Make these energy bites extra special with one of these add-ons:

Roll them in extra finely blended freeze-dried strawberries
Roll them in toasted shredded coconut
Drizzle them with melted dark chocolate

Storing & freezing tips

To store: keep these peanut butter and jelly protein bites in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
To freeze: you can freeze these energy bites in a freezer-friendly bag or container for up to 2 months. If you’re eating them straight from the freeze I recommend letting them soften up a bit in the fridge or at room temp before doing so.

More no bake snacks you’ll love

Get all of my no bake snack recipes here!
I hope you love these easy peanut butter and jelly energy bites! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

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Prep Time 10 minutes minutesTotal Time 10 minutes minutesServesServes 12 servings
Delicious peanut butter and jelly energy bites made with simple ingredients and naturally sweetened with dates! These fun, easy PB&J protein bites come together in just 10 minutes and truly taste like the nostalgic sandwich combo you know and love. Store them in the fridge or freezer for a fiber and protein-packed snack all week long.
Ingredients1 cup pitted soft large Medjool dates (about 10-12 large dates)½ cup natural creamy peanut butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract½ cup rolled oats, gluten free if desired⅓ cup fine shredded unsweetened coconut¼ cup (about 1 scoop) vanilla or unflavored protein powder of choice (or sub flaxseed meal or almond flour)1 cup freeze dried strawberries
InstructionsIn the bowl of a food processor, add the dates, peanut butter and vanilla and pulse until ingredients are well combined and sticky, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times with a spatula, then process again.Add in the oats, coconut, protein powder and freeze dried strawberries and process again. The mixture may seem crumbly at first, but see if you can squeeze a little bit between your fingers and if it sticks, you should be able to form it into balls.Use your hands to roll 1 tablespoon balls of dough. If you choose to roll these in a topping, you can roll them in crushed or blended/finely processed freeze dried strawberries. Another option is to roll them into toasted coconut or even drizzle with melted dark chocolate for a sweet treat – up to you.Place in a reusable silicone ziptop bag and store in the fridge for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. They’re actually delicious straight out of the freezer, too!

Recipe NotesSee the full blog post for tips, tricks & ways to customize these energy bites!

NutritionServing: 1energy biteCalories: 189calCarbohydrates: 25.4gProtein: 5.5gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 3.1gFiber: 4.6gSugar: 14.7g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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