These no bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites are an easy recipe and are the perfect snack that will keep you and the kids full longer! They also make a unique breakfast or lunch idea for a quick “grab and go” back to school treat.
I love that these energy bites use only a few simple ingredients, and you probably have most of them in your pantry right now.
You can buy many of the ingredients in bulk to save money, and can even make these peanut butter and jelly energy bites ahead of time, making them the perfect snack idea for buy moms on the go.
Try adding chocolate chips, instead of strawberries to change this recipe up every now and then.
Your whole family is sure to love this peanut butter and jelly energy bites recipe!
What ingredients do you need to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites?
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
You only need a few simple, common pantry ingredients to make this delicious treat! The only thing you probably don’t have on hand is the freeze dried strawberries, which you can purchase fairly inexpensively at Wal-Mart, Amazon, or any other grocery store.
What supplies are helpful to have on hand to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites?
You don’t need any special tools to make these easy no-bake energy bites, but here are a few things that will help to have on hand in your kitchen.
How to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy bites
- First, mix together the peanut butter, banana, and maple syrup in a bowl. Add the oatmeal and freeze dried strawberries and stir to combine.
- Next, use your hands to roll the mixture into bite sized balls. If the mixture sticks to your hands you can coat your hands with a little oil or cooking spray. If the mixture seems a little dry you can add a bit more mashed banana. If it’s too wet, add a little more rolled oats.
- Place balls on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.
- Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Tips to make these Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites extra frugal
This recipes calls for 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of freeze dried strawberries, which can be a bit expensive! You can reduce cost by drying the strawberries yourself in the oven using this tutorial here.
You can buy dry goods like Oats, Peanut Butter, and Syrup in bulk and get better deals.
- Old Fashioned Oats $2.46 ($.06/ounce)
- Creamy Peanut Butter $4.34 (6.8 cents/ounce)
- 1 Banana (18 cents for 1 banana)
- Freeze-dried strawberries 1 ounce package ($2.61 at Aldi)
- Maple syrup (original syrup) $1.33 (5.5 cents/oz)
Estimated cost for this recipe (if you oven dry your own strawberries): (Wal-Mart) $2.51
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